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!

Foreshoe Named VP

January 5th, 2012

Douglas Foreshoe, AIA takes a step up as Vice President with B+C.  Doug has been with the firm since 2001, providing project management, construction document and construction administration services.  He has long served as Executive Events Organizer for the occasional Bergland + Cram ping pong tournament, but will now join the Board of Directors in the more serious business of steering the firm full speed ahead.  Congrats Doug!

Happy Holidays 2011

December 23rd, 2011

Happy Holidays to our clients, families and friends.  In case anyone is looking for last minute gift ideas, Bergland + Cram staff decided to share what’s on our Christmas lists this year.  Hope this helps and we wish you all the best in 2012!

ANDY  -  Top two things on my list: a surprise visit from cousin Eddie and a shiny new Red Ryder.

RANDY  -  To be with family and to go bicycling in Arizona!

SCOTT B.  -  The DVD of Adele’s concert at Royal Albert Hall (since I couldn’t afford to see her live), Roku, a mini Taliesin III table lamp, a Mazda CX5, a Chipotle to open in Mason City, and animal paw slippers! If this could all be wrapped in a new year that doesn’t include a lot of heartache and grief for friends and family – that would be great!

NATE  -  iPhone 4S (which I got early!), P90X2 (also got it early), a vinyl record player, Guns N’ Roses reuniting, and world peace.

JOE  -  New tires for my truck, health for my family and friends, and no shoveling for me!  All else is gravy.  Mmmmm…gravy.

KEN  -  I want a fair weather, no snow, good driving Christmas.

KRISTY  -  Books, clothes, accessories, a birding scope, free time, and one of those apple pies from the gas station.

DOUG  -  New camping pack, and time to use it.

LINDA  -  Well, I’ve pretty much given up on getting a pony.  My list has definitely matured with me, I’ve got jams, chocolates, and cheeses on my list.

JUSTIN  -  A six pack and a pound…and then new sweaters!

SCOTT S.  -  A honey badger.

Iowa Architects on IPR

December 22nd, 2011

B+C president Randy Cram, AIA, spoke on Iowa Public Radio’s ‘Talk of Iowa’ program recently.  The show focused on how Iowa architects contribute to the betterment of the state – both in new construction and renovation, job creation, livable communities, saving architectural treasures, and new growth in green buildings.  Randy also touched on the development of Mason City’s cultural crescent and Bergland + Cram’s involvement in the Historic Park Inn Hotel restoration.  Listen here and learn more about what architects are up to these days.

Groundwork for 3P Event

December 6th, 2011

Scott Smed and Randy Cram of Bergland + Cram, along with Stacey Root of Boulder Associates, work through their initial schematic designs in preparation for an upcoming 3P/Lean Planning Event for the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.  PRODUCTION, PREPARATION, and PROCESS are the cornerstones of this advanced Lean approach to design.  Next month, a week long work session will be held to further develop the new 55,000 SF Melrose Family Medicine Center in Iowa City.  The clinic is set to become a new standard in care and potential model for future medical facilities on campus and throughout the region.

New Patient Centered Medical Home

September 21st, 2011

Bergland + Cram has begun design on a new Family Medicine Center for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.  To be located on the University’s Hawkeye campus, the 45,000 square foot flagship clinic will be a state-of-the-art environment for physicians to enhance wellness and continuing education support.  Planned as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), it will encourage team approaches to care, standardization of work and lifestyle teaching.  New medical trends in patient through-put such as mall circulation and self-rooming will be explored.  In collaboration with Boulder Associates, B+C will utilize Lean 3P principals during the planning and design process.  The facility is set to be LEED certified.

Welcome Justin

September 8th, 2011

Bergland + Cram recently hired Justin Bailey to join our team of able architects, daring designers, and productive planners.  Justin comes to us with experience in all things architectural including design, drafting, rendering and project management.  We hear he is a bit of a sports nut as well.  Meet Justin.

Missing Martha

July 20th, 2011

On July 15th we lost our beloved colleague Martha Huntington. We will miss our mentor and confidant and the talent and spark she brought to our lives. For twelve years Martha worked on the Historic Park Inn restoration project, which will reopen just a few short weeks after her passing. Her positive outlook and constant smile were commendable, as was her dedication to her career and community. She will be dearly missed.