MANKATO, Minn. — Building on monumental firm achievements earlier in the year, ISG, a an architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm, earned a spot on PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence list during the 2019 THRIVE Conference in New Orleans.

Operating as a one-firm profit center to keep emphasis on solutions provided to markets, i.e. industries, and not solely geographical areas or service groups, ISG has been on an upward trajectory since its inception in 1973 with full momentum taking off in 2010. ISG CEO Chad Surprenant, P.E., has attributed ISG's growth to a unique, contextual-based approach to design, which feeds off the firm's multi-market, multi-disciplinary structure.

"Quite simply, as a firm, we try to recognize what can be controlled and steer those variables for our clients’ benefit," said Surprenant. “Similarly, our market-based structure is designed to position ourselves as best as we can through a predictive understanding, an empathetic view of the client perspective, and an opportunistic knowledge of what is happening. There are plenty of things we cannot control, but we are continuously working to invest and pursue the right opportunities, talent, and new game-changing technologies and delivery methods."

Numerous projects designed by ISG have been recognized across the Midwest. Such designations include two American School & University 2019 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design Awards (Aldrich Elementary School and Solon Intermediate School, Iowa), a Collaboration of Design + Art Magazine (CODA) Showcase project (Vetter Stone Plaza River Wall, Minnesota), and the American Society of Landscape Architects (Iowa) Community Stewardship Award (Algona Tree Trenches, Iowa), to name a few.

On Oct. 9, ISG's newest office expansion and 10th Midwest location in the west end of Minneapolis will host an open house and ribbon-cutting event for clients, community leaders, and local professionals. ISG has worked to immerse itself in each local community, including the Twin Cities, and was also recently recognized in its home state as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. For more information, visit