Architecture firm H Design Group stresses creativity, collaboration and community sustainability, noting them as its “three C’s of design.” Creativity is emphasized as the company recognizes no two buildings or team members are the same. Collaboration is exemplified in an open-door environment, utilizing an innovative technology to work with contractors in real time and keeping open lines of communication with all project team members. The firm also believes in creating sustainable designs that are minimally invasive to the environment.
Over its 22 years in business, the firm has grown from its origin in the basement of founder Rob Haik to the current 8,000-square-foot office it opened in 2017.
Leaders at the firm openly talked with employees about being a debt-free company and successfully weathering the Great Recession. Another challenge emerged in 2020 with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, officials say the firm has navigated the past two years without any furloughs, layoffs, pay cuts or elimination of benefits.
To aid clients in fully grasping the firm’s design concepts and upgrade the visualization experience, the company in 2018 began to incorporate design program BIM 360 and virtual reality in its work. Once designs are in BIM 360, staff can create 3D models for use in its VR studio. Officials say the innovation provides a seamless design process in which complex detailing challenges can be solved in real time.
Mercy Springfield Communities is replacing its Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – South Creek building, located at 2711 S. Meadowbrook Ave., with a new building that is 1,500 square feet larger.