Favorite Holiday Traditions

December 12th, 2013

Bergland + Cram staff share some of their favorite traditional and not-so-traditional holiday customs:

“While it really makes no sense to celebrate cold holidays with cold drinks, a vodka slush has been mandatory for longer than I will admit. I wouldn’t dare incriminate my parents!” – Scott B

“My mother would always make several loaves of her famous coffee bread from scratch during the holidays.  My brother has since learned her secrets and has continued the tradition for us.  Nothing takes me back to thoughts of family and Christmas quite like that aroma from the toaster.  (Don’t forget a smear of sweet butter with that!)” – Joe

“My favorite holiday tradition is spending time cooking, baking, and swapping stories in the company of my loved ones on Christmas Eve.” – Kelly

“Love watching my family members of all ages take swings at our annual piñata.  It takes a few rotations of more than 50 people to bat away at a 6’ tall creation by my uncle constructed of wood, chicken wire and duct tape.  Nothing says Christmas like bashing a life size Grinch!” - Kristy

“My favorite tradition is one we started last year.  We have Christmas morning at our house.” – Doug

“Our family has a Christmas jigsaw puzzle that we all work on together.  For many, many years one of my sisters buys the puzzle and presents it at Thanksgiving.  As family members begin to congregate during the Christmas season, the puzzle is started on a separate table away from the greatest confusion.  It is a wonderful, soothing way for small groups to gather and talk over a shared project.” – Linda

“Putting up Christmas Lights :)” – Andy

“Spending Christmas Eve with my family and opening the Secret Santa gifts from one another (even though my mom somehow figures out who had who before then).”  – Randi

“My family, for as long as I can remember, have opened presents Christmas Eve morning, followed by a brunch filled with all of our sugary favorites including sugared bacon, cinnamon rolls, French toast casserole, hot chocolate, etc.  Nothing beats spending that uninterrupted time with family and a good sugar crash!” – Dana

“My mother’s immediate family always gathered on Christmas Eve.  In the 1950s and 60’s Santa would appear on the roof of my grandparents house at some point during the evening dinner.  Upon hearing bells ringing, all 20 of my first cousins, siblings, and I would rush down and out the walkout basement door to see Santa on the roof of the ranch style house.  Santa would wave and start to climb down the chimney.  We would all rush up the basement stairs to greet Santa, but the basement door always somehow got stuck (an uncle at work).  Once we arrived in the living room, Santa would be seen as if coming out of the fireplace.  As a child it was very exciting.  We did this as a family, I believe there were only two years that we did not have a baby Jesus.  Three generations played this role.  In 2006 we discontinued the tradition started by my Grandparents as the fourth generation of family members arrived.  The tradition now continues in those families.”  -  Randy


Doug Nominated to AIA Iowa Board

October 2nd, 2013

Our very own architect Douglas Foreshoe, AIA, has been nominated to the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter Board of Directors.  His two year term will begin in January 2014.  Foreshoe is a Principal with Bergland + Cram Architects in Mason City where he has worked since 2002.  He is currently a member of the Sheffield Lions Club and lives with his wife and two daughters in Sheffield, IA.  Learn more about Doug.

LFL Groundbreaking

July 15th, 2013

Last week ended with a groundbreaking ceremony for our Little Free Library partnership project with Hoover Elementary in Mason City.  The event was attended by students, parents, staff and our design team. Bergland + Cram has partnered with Hoover to provide research and a design scheme and will help to build the structure.  The Library will function as a stand alone storage and reading shelter which will house books to be borrowed or exchanged by anyone in the community.  The LFL will be completed around the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

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!