The past year has been another exciting one for all facets of our business. From working in our communities, to accolades received by projects and our firm, there’s a lot to celebrate from 2017. Welcome to our year in review, where we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments from the year.
After nearly a year of ideation, development and rollout, we launched our new brand in August. Our vision throughout the process was to create a brand that better reflected our position as a leading national design partner, and emphasized some of the qualities our firm embraces in our daily work. You can read the full story here.
High-fives from industry organizations for our commitment to our emerging professionals.
If you know our firm, then you know a key focus of our practice is developing our people, and we’ve been repeatedly honored by industry organizations for our commitment to professional development. This year, we were named one of the Outstanding Emerging Professional-Friendly Firms by the AIA Central States Region, as well as a Fostering Emerging Professionals Firm by AIA Pennsylvania.
We also had the opportunity to share our practices for professional development at the annual AIA Central States conference. The trio of Mariah Meyer, Principal and Vice President; Cole Dailey, Associate; and Suzanne Berkey, Project Architect, shared some of the approaches we’ve taken to aid the growth of our team members, and what resources have been most successful for our firm. (Hint: this Architectural Focus Series is one of them.)
Fishtech nominated KC’s Coolest Office Space.
If you watched our social media feeds in October, you know that Fishtech Group was in the running for the Kansas City Business Journal’s Coolest Office Space. The Facebook posts paid off, and we’re proud to have been part of KC’s coolest office project in 2017. If you haven’t already seen photos (or just can’t get enough of this high-tech space), check out our portfolio page for more.
7 new architects.
Receiving your architectural license is a strenuous process of tests and practice hours, which is why we celebrate each of our new architects once they complete the licensing practice. Our licensed staff count grew by seven in 2017, and we’re happy to give a special shout out to Austin Abbott, Nicholas Bosman, David Bruce, Jon Gripka, Caleb Riekhof, Zach Sumada and Colby Vickers this year.
An office move in Philadelphia.
As if a new brand in August wasn’t exciting enough, the end of summer also meant moving day for our team in the City of Brotherly Love. Our Philadelphia team packed their desks and relocated from the historic Manayunk District, to another location with just as much history. The new office is located in downtown Philly, across the street from Independence Hall, and cater-corner from the Liberty Bell. We’ll be sharing more photos of the office soon, but we think this video gives a great sneak peek for now.
A new playground for KCIA.
We love taking a break out of the office to help our communities, and got to be part of a project with fun built into its nature – a playground. A group of team members from our KC office worked with the Kansas City International Academy to build a new playground for students after the school relocated. The playground took a day to assemble, and much less time for KCIA’s students to begin enjoying it.
Making the conference circuit.
Outside our normal schedule of industry conferences and events this year, we were given a few opportunities to play a bigger role by presenting. In September, a team from our grocery innovation group gave a general session presentation focusing on key initiatives driving grocery operations and design. A spinoff of that presentation was used during a November roundtable discussion at ICSC’s annual CenterBuild Conference, as well.
The old ballgame.
Baseball games continued to be a favored outing for multiple BRR teams. Give us a ballpark on a sunny day (and stadium food, too, of course), and we’re there.
Return of the champions.
Something our KC office looks forward to every spring and summer is the Kansas City Corporate Challenge season. Despite tough competition from other KC companies, the BRR team reclaimed first place and brought home the 2017 championship in our division. The first place finish is exciting, but the best part of KCCC is the team-building … and watching our team members relive their athletic glory days.
The day we all wore funny glasses.
We couldn’t recap 2017 without mentioning the solar eclipse in August. Our KC office capitalized on their luck of being in the best path to experience totality, and marked the once-in-a-lifetime event with an afternoon break of food trucks, hanging out in the parking lot, and looking up at the sky wearing special viewing glasses. A few employees were able to capture some breathtaking photos of the event, too, including this one from Adam Sanders.
2017 has been a great year for our projects and client relationships, people and communities. This next year marks our fifty-fifth year in business – stay tuned and follow along throughout 2018 for more exciting things.