ISG to Move into Downtown Green Bay WaterMark Building

Fastest Growing Midwest and ESOP A/E Firm to Further Mayor Schmitt’s City Growth Initiatives

May 14, 2018 (Green Bay, Wisconsin) – Building off momentum from Mayor Jim Schmitt’s State of the City address at the historic Meyer Theatre Wednesday, May 9, 2018, economic development within City limits continues to build with the announcement of architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm, ISG, as a leading tenant in the scenic WaterMark building (WaterMark) in downtown Green Bay. ISG, a firm that transitioned to 100 percent employee ownership in January 2017 and has deep roots in the City through a previous acquisition of Raasch Associates (Raasch), solidified a partnership with La Crosse-based developers Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions, LLC (Three Sixty) to further the City’s commitment to placemaking and development initiatives.

With the Mayor’s 15th and final address focusing on development and growth opportunities, this move further supports the goal to create a destination that embraces City character while positively impacting the economy and workforce.

“We are delighted that ISG chose Green Bay’s vibrant waterfront and CityDeck for their next chapter.  ISG’s creative design plans and presence in the WaterMark will inspire professional staff and serve as a catalyst for other area entrepreneurs evaluating riverfront locations,” states Jeff Mirkes, Executive Director at Downtown Green Bay, Inc.  “The downtown business community welcomes ISG and looks forward to the many ways the firm will continue Green Bay’s business and community momentum,” relays Jeff.

Since acquiring Raasch in September 2016, ISG has grown direct Green Bay presence by more than 40%, positively building upon their (Raasch’s) 25+ year local history.  Of more than 50,000 architecture and engineering (A/E) firms in the nation, ISG is the fastest growing in the Midwest as well as the central United States. Nationally, ISG is the 3rd fastest growing firm during the last three years according to Engineering News Record (ENR).

“We strongly believe that growth, whether within our firm or community, requires leadership, culture, and great places to perform work.  ISG is looking to add 50 people to our Green Bay office and feel that is best accomplished downtown in the WaterMark with expert, local leadership,” states Chad Surprenant, PE, ISG President and CEO.

ISG Green Bay leader and Principal, Mark Chambers, AIA, LEED AP, is driven by the unique gateway location and impact. “With fantastic amenities like the CityDeck outside our windows, the design opportunities are endless. We sincerely thank Three Sixty, developers of WaterMark, City of Green Bay, and Downtown Green Bay for support in making this vision a reality,” exclaims Mark.

The La Crosse connection for both Three Sixty and ISG (one of nine firm locations) offers an in-depth understanding of ways to embrace the river/waterway while also offering translatable multi-model, economic development, and outdoor opportunities – emphasis areas from ISG’s La Crosse leadership with the La Crosse Center renovation and Highway 53 Corridor study, to name a few.

“Strong communities start with strong cores,” states Marvin Wanders, owner of Three Sixty. “ISG is a perfect fit for the WaterMark as they have continually built strong communities across the Midwest and cementing their new downtown location further illustrates their commitment. The Green Bay community will most definitely benefit from ISG’s downtown presence,” notes Marvin.

ISG is presently designing the firm’s new space on the third floor of the WaterMark and anticipates a September 2018 move-in; formal open house will tentatively occur in October 2018.

ISG Earns Top Spot on Zweig Group Lists

ISG made a pivotal move on the nationally recognized Zweig Group 2017 Hot Firm, Best Firms to Work For, Marketing Excellence lists, along with earning a Trifecta Award. Zweig Group, a privately-held firm and industry leader in enhancing business performance for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting sectors, recently ranked the firm among the Top 10 on the Hot Firm list, Top 20 of Best Firms to Work For, and in the Top 5 on the Proposal Presentation Marketing Excellence List. With being recognized on these three lists, ISG also earned the honor of Zweig Group’s coveted Trifecta Award.

The Zweig Group Hot Firm list has recognized the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada for the past 20 years.  ISG has earned a spot on the list for five straight years in a row, with the 2017 ranking being the firm’s highest at #10.  The award and ranking highlights ISG’s ability to outperform the economy and competitors to be formally awarded an industry leading designation.

The Zweig Group Best Firms to Work For award polls similar industry firms in the United States and Canada, recognizing and ranking firms based on workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and many other factors.  ISG, a firm now 100% owned by employees, had its first year on the list in 2016 and moved up to #20 for the 2017 Multi-Disciplinary category for the Best Places to Work For award. With a minimum requirement that at least 40% of employees in a firm of ISG’s size must respond to the detailed survey to be eligible, ISG engaged its over 250+ professionals across three states for the submission.

“We are both humbled and motivated by our 2017 Zweig Group awards,” states Lynn Bruns, ISG Executive Vice President.  “The dynamic nature of our industry is no surprise, and we’ve intentionally focused efforts on expanding our technology and in-house expertise to stay at the forefront. Whether that be seizing the opportunity to offer an ESOP or providing cutting-edge drone, visualization, and 3D scanning services to complement client solutions, our goal is to continually push boundaries and engage at every level,” notes Lynn.

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