Creativity is better together, and RDG Planning & Design (RDG) takes talent to the next level, as architects, landscape architects, engineers, graphic artists and urban planners with a passion for design and a drive to make a difference.  

Elly Heckel, RDG’s communications director, explained the architectural firm’s philosophy is one of “creative place-making,” incorporating natural elements with artistic ones as much as possible. The result: meaningful places, spaces and experiences – thoughtfully created collaboratively.

With decades of history in Omaha (the organization’s founding fathers began their practices in the 1960s), and more than 50 active projects in twenty-eight states, RDG’s current resume includes Creighton University’s School of Dentistry, the Nebraska Medical Center’s Global Center for Advanced Learning, the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Women’s Center for Advancement, and other varying corporate, educational, public and worship facilities in town.

As the staff has continued to grow, RDG just recently made the decision to move from a leased space in the Greenhouse Building at Ninth and Farnam Street to the former Greater Omaha Chamber building at 13th and Harney Street.

Just as RDG’s Omaha operations have grown, the St. Louis office has doubled in size in two years, while the Des Moines office is undertaking a complete renovation to allow for expansion.

“We’re definitely outgrowing our spaces,” Heckel explained.

With growth comes commitment, and one of the most meaningful places in any city is its downtown. Omaha is no different. Downtown regions evoke strong memories and feelings in a community’s residents and visitors.

Individuals today crave places to gather, interact and feel connected to their community – all things RDG strives to do every day with clients and the spaces they create with them – and downtown Omaha and the Old Market District is the epitome of this philosophy.

Principal and Urban Planner Martin H. Shukert added “Being Downtown energizes RDG. The vitality, human interaction and diversity of the heart of our city is fundamental to our work. And we in turn strive to inject our own energy and creative force into the Downtown environment.”

A healthy city begins with a healthy downtown and RDG has been committed to preserving the health of this district for more than five decades.

“We’re very entrepreneurial and community-based. We’re excited to keep our footprint in Omaha’s Old Market,” Heckel said. With plans to open the new space in October, RDG’s leadership team is looking forward to the amenities the new location will provide.

Utilizing their philosophy of creating meaning together, RDG’s expansion is an example of how the Omaha community builds each other up.

“No matter what service we’re offering our clients,” President John Sova explained, “it’s about creating together, and I think you can see that in every project we’ve done.” RDG’s expansion and continued success is due to their very core and lived values of truly… Create. Meaning. Together.

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