Integrated Design Group (ID), an architectural, engineering and planning firm focused on the design of data centers, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. The data center design specialists have opened three offices and completed nearly 600 data center projects in the last decade. ID also created the 21st Century Data Center Design Symposium (21CDC), now in its fourth year, aimed at facilitating discussions about the practice of designing data centers. The firm is headquartered in Boston, with offices in Dallas and Tyson’s Corner, VA.
In 2003, when a major design firm unexpectedly decided to close, colleagues Robert Stein, Tony Asfour, Steve McNeice, and Gary Murphy banded together to form Integrated Design Group. They have grown the company into a multi-million dollar data center design firm that provides industry-leading data center services to financial, high-technology, institutional, and retail clients across the United States and abroad. A nationally ranked design firm by Zweig White and Building Design & Construction, ID is known for its creativity in green, modular and load-on demand data center design practices.
”People have been the cornerstone of our growth and success over the past ten years,” said Robert Stein, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal. “The people we employ – engineers, architects, project managers and support staff – are passionate about working across disciplines and researching new and better ways to design for our clients. And, the people who hire our firm challenge us with data center projects that stoke the collaborative and innovative process our teams so enjoy. Truly an integrated design group, our ten-year anniversary is a celebration of the people who have made our firm what it is today.”
As an expression of gratitude towards the communities that have encouraged ID throughout its formative years, the firm is supporting two philanthropic efforts as part of its celebratory activities. ID donated $10,000 each to community activities for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston, and the Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. In March, ID’s contributions supported the Greenway’s “Winter Lights” program, a series of lighting displays and innovative art events intended to bring warmth and cheer to the ribbon of urban parks that connect individuals with the city, and echoes the design firm’s passion for integrating people, landscape and structures. In Dallas, ID’s contribution supported the grand opening ceremonies of the Klyde Warren Park.
Ten years ago, Integrated Design Group began with 11 people on staff. Six first-year clients remain with the company. In 2013, the firm is 71 people-strong; has established 2 more offices; has serviced more than 100 clients, and has opened nearly 600 projects, many for repeat-clients. ID’s major clients include Digital Realty, State Street, Partners Healthcare, Citizens Bank, Fidelity Investments, Tufts University, Brown University, L.L. Bean, Mathworks and JP Morgan. Combined, the firm has provided nearly 300 projects for these clients alone. ID credits its exceptional client relationships and expertise in this unique field to its positive retention rate, and prides itself on knowing not only the industry, but its clients, inside and out.