Recognized Achievements – RDG Welcomes New Partners
During our annual stockholder’s meeting, we had the pleasure of elevating and recognizing 10 new partners. These individuals possess the talent, skill, expertise, and dedication to clients that enable our continued success, and we proudly call them RDG family.
Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA| Architect: “My passion is developing and creating environments that enable and inspire… empowering mission-driven team members to provide extraordinary care while inspiring residents with enriching environments that provide enhanced quality of life.
Mitch’s passion has been lived out in the senior living market sector for nearly three decades of his 34-year career. For a majority of this time, he has been immersed in senior living operations where he developed, designed, and guided the construction of over one million square feet of long-term care, short-term rehab, assisted living, and memory care environments. He was an early pioneer in the connected household design in the mid-90s and has been refining this life-enriching concept ever since with an operational, clinical and quality mindset. Mitch is involved in all phases of RDG’s senior living work but focuses his talents and strengths in strategic planning, master planning, programming, functional design, and client relations. He also plays a key role in business development for the senior living market.
As Mitch has recently returned to RDG and the Senior Living team, he is currently tapping into his passion and strengths while working with the Vetter team in developing a new skilled nursing and assisted living community in Kearney, Nebraska. He is also working with a long-time client of RDG, Shell Point Village, on a strategic plan for health care services on their retirement campus in Fort Myers, Florida.
Doug Adamson, PLA, ASLA | Landscape Architect: “I believe within each landscape lies exceptional opportunities to merge spirit and humans with nature to create a meaningful and memorable place. This is my aim; to make transformational spaces.”
To this end, Doug strives to instill each project with an eloquent blend of environmentally supportable design and artistry. He has a broad base of experience in eco-sensitive, natural resource-based landscape architecture, watershed planning, and urban design projects. His work focuses on concepts of beauty and sustainability through an approach that fuses artful site solutions with the values of ecologically sound, regenerative landscapes.
Recent notable project: Western Technical College – Cleary Courtyard
Collin R. Barnes, IIDA | Interior Designer: “I thrive on the balance of creative and analytical problem solving, and being an interior designer offers the unique opportunity to do both. The implementation of activity-based design principles in our work provides real value to our clients. I’m proud to be part of a team that creates high performing, responsible, and healthy work environments.”
Collin is an expert at educating clients on the progressing role that technology and data play in the planning process. Incorporating these features into spaces that allow our clients to reduce overhead, improve productivity, attract and retain top talent, and facilitate a cultural shift that is appropriate for today’s multi-generational workforce.
Recent notable project: Iowa State University Research Park – Economic Development Core Facility
Catrina Cook | Interior Designer: “After several years spent working in design, I realized my passion was the business side of the industry. Finding the very best talent and fostering an amazing workplace culture and efficient operations is my favorite part of my job. I love to be surrounded by amazing designers and helping them find ways to do their job to the best of their abilities.”
Catrina is highly skilled in procurement and project management and excels in finding the most efficient operational procedures for her clients. Her background in operations allows for a unique perspective into our clients’ internal operations and workplace culture. She not only understands the importance of creating exceptional environments but that it is also critical that employees are able to do their job efficiently and happily.
Catrina recently joined the RDG senior living team through its expansion into Senior Living Interiors, and lends her talents to several of RDG’s market sectors. She is currently designing the interiors in the renovation of the 58,000-square foot Biology/Chemistry building on the campus of Central Methodist University; her second project with the University and follow-up project to the recently completed Allied Health & Simulation Building.
Michael R. Carlson, AIA | Architect: “I enjoy learning and understanding a community’s culture because that understanding is paramount to designing an enriching environment that reinforces mission and vision for those who live and work in that community.”
With a history of nearly 30 years of practice in the senior living market, Michael brings a deep understanding of design issues, codes, and building construction types, and has a great vision for what makes a successful senior living environment.
Michael recently joined RDG’s Senior Living team and is currently working on the first phase of a master plan implementation project that includes an 18-unit independent living apartment building with underground parking, community building commons renovation, and wellness building addition and renovation. This project is on the Immanuel Lakeside Village Campus, in Omaha, Nebraska.
David L. Heuring, AIA | Architect: “More than a decade with RDG has taught me, pushed me, and elevated me. I am proud to work with the talent in this company, contribute my share, and offer it to our clients. It really is about creating meaning together.”
Dave’s interest and passion as an architect extends far beyond the desk. Since first entering this profession, he’s been involved in the construction of projects – both wearing a white hard hat and physically working hands-on. In a career that has taken him from the office to the field and back, his involvement in the development, design, and construction industries, on projects from conception through completion, has allowed Dave to develop and integrate his skills and talents to fulfill a multitude of leadership and management roles. Dave’s senior living projects have ranges from multi-story skilled and assisted living facilities, to resort-style clubhouses, pools, recreational facilities, and independent living neighborhoods.
Recent notable project: The Woodlands at John Knox Village
Kelley Hoffman | Interior Designer: “I’m passionate about building relationships with my clients; staff members, consultants and residents who become life-long friends. Collaborating with a team of experts who share a common goal of improving the lives of seniors is extremely rewarding.”
Kelley loves the early phases of a design project – working with the clients to help them discover and implement their specific design, vision and mission, and creating an individualized design that best serves their residents. She excels in creating supportive environments that truly make a difference – integrating design subtleties that address the challenges of aging to allow an older adult to thrive in their environment.
Kelley recently joined the RDG senior living team through its expansion into Senior Living Interiors, and is currently serving as project manager, leading all interior design aspects and FF&E services, for The Riverwoods project in Durham, New Hampshire; a new 275,000-square-foot continuing care retirement community that includes new independent living, assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing.
Hans Klein-Hewett, PLA, ASLA | Landscape Architect: “I’m passionate about connecting people to their outdoor spaces. Whether that’s through parks, recreation, or just a long drive, I want more people to engage with the outdoors. That’s why I’m a landscape architect at RDG – I get to connect people together based on their shared appreciation of our external environments.”
As a partner in the landscape architecture studio, Hans specializes in park and recreation master planning, concept analysis, and documentation. He is passionate about uncovering hidden stories, then transforming those stories into important community spaces. He feels strongly that stories are the root of our connection with our outdoor environment and that our investment in our land and resources grow when we connect stories to place. He’s also a nerd who loves parks so you’ll likely find him researching things whether you’ve asked for it or not.
Recent notable project: Flint Hills Nature Trail and Signature Bridges
Meg Krause, IIDA | Interior Designer: “I enjoy the transformative influence of design and sharing it with people, their businesses, and the community.”
Meg appreciates collaborating with clients, envisioning the design and watching it all come to fruition – the client’s happiness is the most rewarding aspect. She contributes to the interior architecture of projects in several market sectors including corporate, early learning, K-12 education, and college & university through her leadership in space planning, interior renovations, furniture selection, material specification and generation of construction documents along with her eye for detail. Meg is an exceptional example of one who leads through teamwork, which is evident through her passion for building relationships.
Recent notable project: Retail Corporate Headquarters
Bradley M. Rodenburg, AIA | Architect: “I take pride in the opportunity to affect the built environment, the systems that underpin it, and most importantly the people that use it.”
Brad understands that an integral part of the design process is engagement and interaction with diverse groups of people, both during the design process and through construction. Professionally, he feels most rewarded by seeing a reaction when collective designs become reality, an experience that he appreciates being unique to the profession. Since joining RDG in 2009, Brad has contributed to a wide variety of projects, most recently community and collegiate recreation and sports.
Recent notable project: Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation & Expansion