We are visionary and grounded.
We are design-focused and results-oriented.
It’s more than just design. It’s about the journey and the results.
Through an engaging and participatory process, we create a shared sense of ownership in a project. Open dialogue and organized conversations ensure that everyone at the table has a voice so we address current goals and anticipate future aspirations.
We design for our clients’ clients, the people whose lives are impacted and enhanced by our work. While we remain committed to a client’s vision, when it comes to design it’s the users — the customers, students, employees, visitors — that remain our primary focus.
We care about results and measuring success, not on awards or recognition, but on achieving the goals established at the start. We set out to create projects that actually work, plain and simple, and reflect the values and unique characteristics of our clients.
Besides all that, working with us is just a good time.
Learn more about our approach
Each project, no matter what discipline, starts with a robust strategic process. We establish the foundation of the project through a discovery phase in which we gather critical research and develop strategic direction.
Before putting pen to paper in design, we research a client’s competitors in their industry, understand their position in the market, and uncover their business goals for the future. In order to design effective solutions, we must first understand an organization’s true intentions and vision. Preliminary research, auditing, analysis, and development are critical first steps in defining the basis of any project.
Our strategic design approach includes the creation of an image strategy – a visual representation of ideas to understand a client’s goals and align them with a vision for a project. Based on our understanding of users and demographics, we curate collections of imagery to demonstrate the power of initiating discussions about design. Numerous image boards showcase the different aspects of a project and become the lining of the walls in our project rooms.
Through this in-depth and immersive research and strategy process, we build trust and partnership to drive the success of a project. Our research and strategy services include: brand audit and analysis, opportunities assessment, competitive audit and assessment, ethnographic observation, user experience research, consumer experience strategy, brand strategy, image strategy, positioning strategy, ideation sessions, and project management.
Our philosophy is that a successful design is one that reflects the client’s aspirations and values while limiting the impact on the planet. Respect for and consideration of the earth’s natural resources is a core value, evident in the design of our projects and inherent in our internal operations. Our commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship drives the firm’s efforts to incorporate environmental responsibility, high-performance design and sustainable strategies into all of our projects.
Insofar as we’re invested in our clients’ long-term strategic success — and are equally dedicated to creating spaces that respect their context and endure over time — we understand that sustainability has a different meaning for each of our clients. Our design approach allows us to discover their values and goals and bring a broad range of building systems approaches, material choices and implementation strategies to each project.
Bergmeyer signed on to the AIA’s 2030 Commitment in June of 2011 and has adopted the 2030 Challenge, pledging that all new buildings, developments and major renovations we design will be carbon neutral by 2030. We report our projects’ energy use metrics on an annual basis, allowing us to track our progress towards achieving our goals and set new milestones for the future.
Bergmeyer is committed to eliminating the use of products and materials containing hazardous chemicals in our projects, and as a member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, we support the use of Health Product Declarations (HPDs), which provide information on building product content and associated health information. Our portfolio includes more than 50 certified projects, including 4 Platinum projects and 29 Gold-level projects, and we are a LEED-CI Proven Provider.
Read more on our sustainability efforts through our Sustainability Action Plan, a Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Eustis Street Fire House, and check out Principal Mike Davis’ blog on Bergmeyer’s involvement in the AIA 2030 Commitment.
Bergmeyer is an early adopter of technologies that enhance our processes. We utilize building information modeling (BIM) for designing, documenting, and coordinating building projects. Our teams have become adept at employing Autodesk’s Revit software to support fluid communication and rapid knowledge transfer, enabling designers to spend proportionally more time developing designs and less on background coordination. Not only has BIM become critical in communication and coordination, it’s become an innovative presentation tool as well.
We now utilize virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to create an immersive environment in the design and presentation process. Adding another dimension to how you see and move in a consumer environment before it is built can enhance the decision-making process or assist in arriving at better solutions. You can choose where to look, and linger where you like.
As designers, this technology is an important tool to help illustrate sense of scale, adjacencies, context, and spatial understanding of a space. It’s not about realism; it’s about finding the emotional qualities and imagining the experience of the place. Still in its infancy, we will continue to advance these technologies with the goal of merging virtual and existing environments to create a truly augmented experience.