NIACC Breaks Ground on STEM Education Center

June 1st, 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states job opportunities in STEM fields are expected to grow 29% by the year 2020, adding 2.1 million new jobs. North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City is taking the lead in preparing students who aim to find a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by adding a new STEM Education Center to campus.

Bergland + Cram partnered with NIACC to design the addition to include more and better space for STEM programs, better lab layouts, and improved student/staff interaction areas. The new addition will also have improved lighting, provide more open learning environment, and create a new strong identity to the campus which speaks of progression and forward thinking.

Working closely with NIACC Administration and staff helped us to identify a strong design point of view for the STEM Education Center, linking old elements with new. A core idea of a trend line emerged from a break in materials on the existing Science Center. This trend line, representing a point from which other elements can be measured, is carried throughout the project. This graphing point relates back to the areas of study encountered by students within the center.

“In a student’s journey through a STEM discipline, they would come in contact with each department, though to differing degrees depending on their academic path,” said Kerry Anderson, Project Architect.  “Translating that idea to the building’s design, we drew inspiration from the brick and concrete materials of the

existing Science building and continued that line of demarcation through the new addition, both on the exterior and the interior.”

We are honored to continue our decades long relationship with North Iowa Area Community College through the construction of this project. The NIACC STEM Education Center is slated for completion in 2018 to celebrate NIACC’s 100th year anniversary.

April 21st, 2017

Principals Andy Meyer and Kristy Sagdalen King recently partnered with the Clear Lake Arts Center to host a discussion on contemporary residential architecture. The presentation centered on how successful home design carefully considers each individual and individual site and explored current trends and themes shaping contemporary design. The Art Center’s Cre8iveSynergy Series aims to blend topics related to business and the creative arts and is a free monthly event open to the public.

January 30th, 2017

Soon many leaders in architecture from across the country will travel to Washington DC to attend the American Institute of Architects annual Grassroots Conference.

Every year AIA Iowa awards a scholarship for a member to attend the conference. We would like to congratulate newly licensed Architect and Board Secretary for the AIA Iowa North East Section, Kerry Anderson, on receiving the scholarship this year!

Applicants must hold an AIA Section Board Position to apply for the scholarship and any section board members from across the state of Iowa are eligible to apply. The scholarship pays for registration and all travel expenses for the trip. This is the second year the scholarship has been awarded.  B+C Principal Doug Foreshoe received the scholarship last year.

In addition to attending workshops to gain valuable knowledge in leadership, those attending the conference will have the opportunity to visit many architectural landmarks in Washington D.C. including attend Capitol Hill briefings along with touring The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Buildings and The National Gallery of Arts East Building.

Grassroots 2017 is an exclusive event for AIA leaders of the American Institute of Architects. The agenda emphasizes component leadership and workshops designed to help component officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders.

Happy Holidays

December 9th, 2016

From all of us at Bergland + Cram, we wish you the happiest of seasons and holiday cheer. For your viewing pleasure, we made a special clip for you! (Click Here)

House. Home.

July 27th, 2016

Two similar words with vastly different meanings according to our residential architects.

Whereas a house simply contains you and requires that you adjust your lifestyle to its contents, we believe that a home compliments and enhances your way of life.

We create custom homes throughout the Midwest, partnering with clients to combine functionality, cost efficiency, and inspired design.

Contact us today to discuss your next project and discover what a rewarding experience it can be to work with an experienced home designer to create the space of your dreams.

Anderson Appointed to AIA NE Section Board

June 21st, 2016

Kerry Anderson, Intern Architect with Bergland + Cram has been appointed to the AIA Iowa North East Section Board of Directors. The North East Section is part of the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter.

“I wanted to join the NE Section Board to become more connected to the community of architects in the area,” said Kerry. “Just like any profession, networking and sharing ideas among our peers in the industry only makes everyone better designers, thus raising expectations across the board for a higher quality of design, which in turn makes our communities better places in which to live, work, and play.”

Kerry graduated from North Dakota State University in 2011 and has been with Bergland + Cram since 2014. She recently passed all seven of her Architect Registration Exams and will gain full licensure after completion of her Intern Development Program hours.

She and her husband Larry reside in Mason City.

The AIA Iowa North East Section enhances the ability of the AIA Iowa chapter to serve its members.  The section provides continuing education opportunities, networking opportunities, public outreach and serves as a sounding board to relay information to the state chapter.

Giving Back at the North Iowa Band Festival

May 26th, 2016

Band Fest, Bergland Cram, ServiceThe 78th annual North Iowa Band Festival will take place this weekend right here in River City. Dana Thomas, Interior Designer for Bergland + Cram, is on the ground floor behind the scenes with planning.

Serving her 4th year on the committee, Dana acts as Volunteer Coordinator for guest services, information, and merchandise sales. Each year the Band Festival committee looks for close to 100 volunteers to help the 65,000 men, women, and children who attend the weekend.

Bergland + Cram enjoys being involved in the community. For Dana, helping the North Iowa Band Festival was a perfect fit.

“I was looking for a fun way to get more involved in the community and this is a huge event for Mason City every year.” Said Thomas, “Growing up I always enjoyed going to the events. I always wanted to give back to the festival for providing this for the community.”

The very first Band Festival in 1928 was to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Mason City and has since grown, with the most popular attraction being the annual parade (that’s on Saturday.)

“I feel like a little kid saying it but I always hate when I miss the parade so I make it a point to be there every year!” said Thomas, “I also appreciate this event is a family friendly and free event for everyone.”

Being the birth place of one of the first ever grammy award winners, Meredith Willson (most famous in these parts for the Music Man), Mason City celebrates music, and the North Iowa Band Festival shows a community coming together, always rooted in its musical heritage.

For more information on the North Iowa Band Festival and for Schedule of events go to: www.nibandfest.com

If you’re interested in seeing one of the first ever grammy awards in person, check out the Music Man Square Museum in Mason City.

Little Free Library Coming to Harding Elementary

April 22nd, 2016

The success of the Little Free Library stationed in front of Hoover Elementary in Mason City has led to the likelihood of more structures popping up at other elementary schools throughout the district.

Bergland + Cram is partnering with the Mason City Community School District to design a Little Free Library for each public school in Mason City, most recently at Harding Elementary.

“I am proud to be a part of this great community service project to give back to the community that gave me so much growing up” said Kelly Harbacheck, Intern Architect for Bergland + Cram.

The project involves students from many grade levels in the Mason City area. Elementary students at Harding provided ideas and thoughts about what they want for a Little Free Library, and were the final judges on colors chosen. The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Building Trades class and Mason City High School’s Shop Class will complete construction.

The MCHS Shop Class will start off by pouring the foundation for the library while NIACC Building Trades acts as the General Contractor. The two classes will work together as Building Trades does the frame work and pours concrete, and the Construction class creates the book shelves and large scale letters that make up the design.

“This is a great project which I believe helps get the younger population involved, who are still learning about the profession, both in architecture and the field of construction.” said Intern Architect Brad Paige, “It is an exciting time in a student’s life so any information I can share to help guide their direction is always a rewarding experience for me.”

Funds are being provided courtesy of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society and Medical Alliance.

“We felt compelled to provide this opportunity to access free books to each school aged child in Cerro Gordo county.” Said Sarah Smith, Co-President of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Alliance. “Our mission was to promote literacy and reading with an ultimate goal of building a [Little Free Library] on each Elementary school campus in Mason City and Clear Lake.”

Costs will be kept low with labor and materials donated by area businesses. Northern Cedar Service will provide roof materials, J&J Welding will craft the steel for the roof, and Mason City Glass will create the plexi-glass covers of the book shelves. All three businesses also donated to Hoover’s Little Free Library.

The partnership with Mason City High School and NIACC will provide the future of our Building and Trades Career Professionals with a hands on experience they will continually get to see be used by the North Iowa Community for many years to come. Students will also be able to use this project experience as a portfolio piece in the future shall they decide to stay on the building trades path.

“Whenever students get the opportunity to do hands on work, they connect their learning to real life situations. We can simulate that in the Industrial Technology labs in very meaningful ways but to do this in the community, they will have the added satisfaction of being able to let others see and use what they have been a part of building.” Said Richard Evans, Industrial Technology Teacher of Mason City High School, “When you build something well and it lasts, it develops pride, and we are striving to develop craftsmanship in what we do.”

The Harding Little Free Library is aimed to begin spring 2016.

NIACC Opens State of the Art Health Simulation Center

March 24th, 2016

North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, IA recently added a Health Simulation Center to improve hands on educational training for medical field students.

“The center has proven to be a great learning environment and very ‘life-like’ because of the attention to detail,” notes Health Simulation Center Coordinator Shannon Dodd. “The center was built with students in mind.”

Nursing and EMT students are able to practice skills in a very real and high risk/low incident environment. For those already in the workforce, the lab environment mirrors the actual layout of regional healthcare facilities and provides an accurate setting for continued education training.

“Students as well as healthcare staff from surrounding hospitals and clinics involved in continuing education programs have found it to be a beneficial learning environment,” states Dodd.

A fresh and bold interior scheme demonstrates the college’s commitment to the latest in technology and progressive education environments. North Iowa Area Community College has partnered with Bergland + Cram on projects for over three decades. To learn more about NIACC’s medical program offerings, visit www.niacc.edu

Over $1600 Raised for Cupid’s Undie Run

March 1st, 2016

Bergland + Cram prides itself on being involved with our community and supporting causes important to our team members. Recently, many of our staff volunteered or participated in the 2016 Cupid’s Undie Run – Mason City in support of our graphic designer, Loni Dirksen, who suffers from Neurofibromatosis.

cupids undie run

Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile-ish long annual fun run held in cities nation-wide around Valentine’s Day. Participants strip down to their skivvies (or stay fully clothed) to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The mission of the Children’s Tumor Foundation is to research and find a cure for Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder which affects 1 in 3000 births. NF causes tumors to grow along the nervous system and has the potential to cause complications such as deafness, blindness, learning disabilities, and chronic pain among many more side effects.

Why undies?


“Children and adults with NF suffer with feeling uncomfortable every day. Whether it’s because of their appearance, or because of where tumors are growing on their bodies.” says Loni, who is also the Mason City Race Director for Cupid’s Undie Run. “We can stand feeling uncomfortable for one day in our undies if it means raising awareness and helping the Children’s Tumor Foundation reach their goal of ending NF.”

The Bergland + Cram team raised over $1600, which contributed to the total of over $80,000 raised in Mason City!