RDG is Committed to Des Moines!

. . . more Collaboration, Creativity, and Innovation

Des Moines, IA – April 2019RDG Planning & Design (RDG) remains committed to the Downtown Des Moines community. Having reached a pivotal point in our evolution we have again reimagined our workplace to maximize our collaboration potential, looking at all the opportunities in the metro area for making that happen. In the end, our organization – over 180 people strong – is doubling down on downtown Des Moines, committed  to staying in the building with the cool showroom windows and wonderful iconic character. Over the next several months we are undertaking extensive redevelopment of 301 Grand Avenue. People who visit us have been in awe of this space since we first developed it in 2002 and we love it too. Over 16 years, though, much has changed in our field and in the company itself, so we need a space that performs for the behaviors of today and anticipates how we want to work moving forward. This redesign will make our headquarters even more people-oriented and collaboration-focused, allowing us to live our “WHY” front and center. 

“As we’ve started to talk about the renovation outside of RDG most folks wondered why we would change anything” said RDG Principal Justin Platts.  “The simple answer is that we have changed. Our practice is more complex than it was at the turn of the century. Our perspectives have evolved. Our practice knows more than ever the transformative power of a truly collaborative process. The dynamism of our design culture demands a physical workplace that fosters that process in all ways possible. Still, it is so good to know 301 Grand Avenue will be our home for years to come.”

According to Jennifer Chittenden, Executive Director of the Downtown Des Moines Chamber, “RDG invests not only in their people, but in the communities their employees live, work, and play. Our Downtown has benefited from their generous contributions to non-profit organizations, staff involvement in a variety of initiatives, and remaining cheerleaders for a growing urban community.”

RDG’s commitment to the community is woven into our new space, because it’s an important part of who we are. We will continue to host community events and provide office space to several community-focused nonprofit organizations.

We’re excited about this next transformation for many reasons,” said RDG Principal Jack Patton. “We will bring our entire Des Moines team into 301 Grand, all on one floor, all for one reason . . . our clients.  Proximity changes how people work with each other. It adds transparency and provides exciting new opportunities for stronger design solutions with intentional human interaction. The community and every one of our partners have loved our space for years, and  they’re going to be blown away by what’s coming.”

RDG Planning & Design is one of the nation’s leading creative firms: one of the top 300 architecture firms in the U.S. according to Architectural Record Magazine, among other citations. RDG’s multifaceted network of professionals in architecture, artistry, planning, landscape architecture, multimedia, and interior design work throughout the nation and around the world on creative, meaningful projects – yet RDG maintains a personable, collaborative approach that reflects its Midwestern roots and commitment to community.

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