Education Expertise

Flexible learning environments that shape the minds of tomorrow

Educational institutions bear the significant responsibility of shaping the minds of tomorrow. To meet this challenge, you deserve facilities that prioritize students and accommodate the needs of your faculty and staff.

Our role is to support educational leaders and school districts in identifying facility needs and financing options. Our personalized approach ensures you receive custom solutions that work for your educational institution and community—supporting the academic experience from the first day of Pre-K to college graduation, and everything in between.

One Firm. One Team. Multi-Disciplinary Solutions in Architecture, Engineering, Environmental, and Planning.


No one knows your community better than you and your citizens. This is why ISG facilitates a collaborative process for PreK-12 educational facility planning. Whether you are starting the journey with a facility assessment, delving into a pre-referendum campaign, or designing new spaces, our education specialists are ready to help. 

Our pre-referendum team is experienced in conducting facility tours, in-person meetings, and virtual forums, facilitating focus groups, and developing content to educate citizens on the needs of your district. When it comes to design, our listen-first approach integrates perspectives of students, staff, and the community to maximize available funds while creating modern learning facilities.


  • Athletic Complexes
  • Career and Technical Education Labs
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
  • Flexible Learning Spaces
  • Infrastructure Improvements
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Performing Arts + Auditoriums
  • Playgrounds + Outdoor Classrooms
  • Safety + Security
  • Science Labs
  • Site Circulation
  • Special Education Spaces
  • STEAM + Robotics Spaces

PreK-12 Portfolio

Higher Education

From the start, ISG takes the time to learn about you. We want to know about why your students and faculty chose you. We want to understand your donors, community, and other supporters. With a collaborative approach that puts students at the forefront, ISG takes higher education facilities to the next level.

Most importantly, we transform campuses with beautiful spaces that complement existing architecture, while enhancing instruction and offering flexibility to create an experiential learning environment.


  • Academic Buildings
  • Dorms + Student Housing
  • Infrastructure Improvements
  • Kitchens + Food Services
  • Libraries
  • Outdoor Spaces
  • Parking Ramps + Site Circulation
  • Performing Arts + Entertainment
  • Research Labs
  • Sports + Recreation Facilities
  • Student Unions
  • Visitor Centers

Higher Education Portfolio


Featured Work



ISG’s forward-thinking solutions are intentionally designed to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s needs. We take a listen-first approach and utilize tools like ISG VISIONING LABS to gain an intimate understanding of community expectations, daily operations, educational and curriculum-based needs, and preferred design aesthetics, before we make any recommendations.

This emphasis on communication and engagement supports school and university boards and local decision-makers in selecting the most appropriate choices for their communities, allowing us to deliver custom solutions that work for you.

  • Support From Assessment Through Design + Construction
  • Referendum Campaign Services That Work
  • Community Engagement + Consensus Building

Business Unit Experts

Kevin Bills

Education Business Unit Leader

Sue Peterson

Education Strategy Specialist

Nathan Compton, AIA, CDT


Justin Steffl

Senior Project Manager

Thad Dahling

Facility Management and Planning Strategist

Applied Tech in Action

360° Tours

Our fast-capture drone photography captures aerial, roof, or ground level imagery to create 360-degree tours that place future development plans in the context of existing spaces, helping you make better decisions faster.

"ISG designed and developed a brand new school in a community that hadn't build a District facility in more than 45 years-and the community loves it. The referendum passed on the first vote, but had the vote come after construction, it would've passed by 95%."

Paul Peterson
Previous Superintendent, St. Peter Public Schools
Current Superintendent, Mankato Area Schools

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