RDG honored by Omaha Children’s Museum as Great Friend to Kids
Recently, RDG Planning & Design was honored as a Great Friend to Kids by the Omaha Children’s Museum, with whom we’ve had more than 35 years of friendship, fun, partnership, and history. We’re proud to have worked alongside this fantastic organization and with such incredible people to help make Omaha a more educational, interesting, and FUN community for children and their families for so many years! We’re truly grateful to be a great friend to kids as well as to the museum family.
As a young professional, John Birge was the first RDG employee to engage with the Omaha Children’s Museum. Beginning in the late 1980s, John helped facilitate the process that led the museum to its current and permanent home on 20th and St. Mary’s Avenue in 1989. His children were young at the time, so partnering with the organization through the relocation project and board membership was a way to meaningfully engage in the community while spending time with his family. (Today, John’s daughter is the chairperson of ‘friendraising’ for the guild board.) During the relocation, John developed a working relationship with RDG principal Marty Shukert, who then was the City of Omaha Planning Director and helped the organization navigate through the process. Marty also had a young family at the time, and knew the museum would provide an opportunity for the children and families of Omaha to interact with and become creatively involved in science.
As John began to shift his focus to starting the new venture of RDG in 1989, he helped transition Joe Lang into a position on the museum board. Throughout the next 14 years, Joe formed lasting relationships with fellow board members who would not only influence his career, but would also connect his family to the organization. In 2014, his son participated in fundraising for the museum, and during high school, his daughter was an Omaha Children’s Museum employee.
Today, Bob Krupa serves on the museum’s Executive Committee and is chair of the Planning Committee. Bob formed a strong relationship with the organization’s director, Lindy Hoyer, in 2006 through RDG’s renovation work at the museum. Bob has become a trusted advisor, currently leading a site master planning process that promises to transform and enrich the Omaha Children’s Museum. As an architect and father, Bob has focused his civic contribution on youth and the arts, so once again, the partnership is a perfect fit.
Because our core values align so closely to the museum’s mission to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning, our working relationship and personal friendships have been only natural. Like the museum, we’re committed to creating meaning in the community, and from our first interactions, we’ve been building a strong partnership that we look forward to growing for decades into the future.
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Pictured at top from left to right: John Birge, Bob Krupa, OCM Executive Director Lindy Hoyer, and Joe Lang.