Harbacheck Hired

June 4th, 2013

Bergland + Cram has expanded its staff by welcoming back a familiar face. Kelly Harbacheck began her career in architecture as an intern with us while still in school. After graduating, she moved far, far away to Dallas, TX where she gained valuable experience researching senior living design and retirement communities as a Healthcare Fellow alongside her full time project work. Kelly returned to Iowa in 2013 at which point we were happy to scoop her up as a valuable member of our team. Meet Kelly.

Little Free Library

May 3rd, 2013

We are honored and excited to be partnering with Hoover Elementary/Mason City Schools to design our region’s first Little Free Library in the coming months! Visit the official website to learn more about this great community project that promotes literacy and the love of reading.  Visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.

B+C Announces Change in Ownership

February 25th, 2013

As Bergland + Cram embarks on its 57th year of providing architectural and interior design services, the firm announces a change in leadership.

Ownership is transferred to key staff led by Scott Smed, AIA, who acts as Managing Principal.  Randy Cram, AIA, has transitioned from his role as President to that of Senior Architect.

Smed joined the firmin 1980 and serves on the board of directors.  Current board members also include Kenneth Wind, AIA, LEED AP and Douglas Foreshoe, AIA.  They are joined by new Principal Andy Meyer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

Scott Borcherding, IIDA, and Kristy Sagdalen King, Assoc. AIA, have also been promoted to Principals with the firm.

Meet Randi

December 18th, 2012

She’s new.  She’s talented.  We’re glad she joined us.  Meet Randi.

Holiday Gathering

December 3rd, 2012

Tis the season for blindfolded Pictionary, lightning round office trivia, mexican food, and good times with staff and family.  We ended last week by celebrating at (and with) our favorite local eatery, Pastime Gardens, to kick off the holidays.  If it’s any indication of the upcoming season, it’s going to be a fun one!

Bergland + Cram wishes our clients, family and friends a happy and healthy holiday!

3P Feature in Healthcare Design Magazine

August 10th, 2012

Bergland + Cram’s unique 3P Lean Design approach to healthcare planning is featured in the August issue of Healthcare Design Magazine, The Architect in All of Us.  3P stands for People, Preparation and Process.  In association with Flad Architects of Madison, WI; B+C utilized a week long kaizen event modeled after the Toyota Lean Production System to engage staff in a full scale mock-up of Mercy Medical Center North Iowa’s ED prior to construction.

Bergland + Cram recently completed similar 3P Lean Design event weeks for Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina and for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Congrats Dana!

June 12th, 2012

Dana Thomas recently completed her exam and requirements for the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications to become a certified interior designer.  Congrats Dana, we knew you’d pass with flying colors!

Praise for the Park Inn

May 8th, 2012

Bergland + Cram staff members have been honored as of late as restoration of the Historic Park Inn in Mason City continues to be recognized regionally.

IIDA AWARD  Interior designers Scott Borcherding, IIDA and Dana Thomas of B+C recently traveled to Omaha to accept the top honor Gold prize in retail/wellness/hospitality interiors from the International Interior Design Association’s Great Plains Chapter. 

LIFELONG LEARNING  Scott and Dana are currently teaching a Lifelong Learning class about the project at North Iowa Area Community College.

MAIN STREET AWARD  Scott, Dana and B+C president Randy Cram, AIA, attended Main Street Iowa’s awards ceremony in Des Moines where the hotel project received the Signature Project Award. 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE  Scott and Randy, along with Ann MacGregor of Wright on the Park, presented an informative session highlighting the process of restoring the hotel at the 2012 Iowa Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Decorah. Rumor has it they received a standing ovation.  Bravo!

They Work Hard for the Money

February 29th, 2012

We love working at B+C although our career paths started out in very different places. Here, staff reflects on some of thier earliest jobs:

Randy – Worked at a gas station at age 15 pumping gas.

Scott B – Five years of big box retail. I loved every minute of it, with the exception of loading that horrible (and horribly heavy) ready-to-assemble furniture into the backseat of a compact car.

Joe – Worked in the deli at the local grocery store. Made reuben sandwiches and broasted chicken. Sliced cheese and meat. Burned my arm scrubbing the grill with fryer oil. Good times.

Andy – Ahhhh, the good ole days, summers were spent as a “loader boy” for our family crop dusting business, while the remainder of the year was spent as a professional furniture deliverer. Nothing beat driving that straight truck around!

Linda – In high school I counted inventory for an office supply wholesaler on weekends. I wrote the counts into a large binder. I would often count Sunday afternoon while listening to Casey Kasem’s Top 40 on the radio. One summer vacation from college, I worked at the office supply wholesaler at night counting inventory and entering the numbers into Midwest Wholesale’s new computers for their first ever computer inventory counts.

Doug – I was a farm hand.

Ken – In high school, I worked as a clerk in my folks’ shoe store where I fit customers and stocked shelves. Post high school, I was a finish carpenter (lay carpet, hang doors, finish trim, hang cabinets) at Design Homes of Iowa in Humboldt.

Scott S – I worked here (B+C). I also worked in the natural food store for a year on weekends.

Justin – My first gig was at the local grocery store. I had the distinguished title of Assistant Produce Manager. Second, I worked at Car Quest distribution center loading semi-trucks with car batteries, brake drums, and axels.

Dana – Drive-thru consultant at Culvers and Plant Specialist & Candy Connoisseur at Fleet Farm.

Kristy – I worked at Mayo Clinic doing grunt work for IT and got to see behind the scenes of every department. I also painted houses one summer where I gained the valuable work experience of falling off a ladder and getting sunburned.

Bergland + Cram Strikes Again!

February 2nd, 2012

B+C bowlers turned out for the annual Chamber Bowl in Mason City this week.  We learned that Justin is right handed but throws left and that Kristy’s bowling ball smells like birthday cake (on purpose).  Andy’s top score was 248 and Dana’s top score was 161.  And of course, style points went to Joe for his unwavering committment to the principal of “form follows function.”  Go team!