Pantex Wins Best Regional Government Project

Nashville, TN - The John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant, designed by STG Design, has received the 2018 Award for Best Regional Project in the Government/Public Building category by ENR (Engineering News-Record).

Judges recognized the Pantex project for its safety, innovative design, and contribution to the industry as well as design quality and construction craftsmanship. The design team successfully met the challenges of developing a modern high-security facility in a remote location under a tight construction schedule by intentional selection of materials and building systems that could be fabricated off-site in controlled environments and sourcing quality subcontractors from nearby states.

The Department of Energy's Pantex facility provides an administrative and support structure charged with the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons mission. The 343,000-square-foot building, designed as a three-wing complex, houses 1,100 administrative staff and is equipped with a 300-seat auditorium, conference center, meeting spaces, full-service cafeteria, and medical and employee health and fitness facilities.

In addition to the ENR award, Pantex has received LEED certification, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The benefit of LEED buildings is providing energy and water savings, conserving materials resources, generating less waste, and supporting overall human health and wellbeing.

Project team members Rich Grandt and Paul Spencer from STG Design attended the ceremony in Houston, Texas to accept the award. Congratulations to our client, Turner Construction and other project partners, and the entire project team.

STG Design Becomes Employee Owned


Firm Celebrates Transition to 100 Percent Ownership by the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

AUSTIN, TX – STG Design, an award-winning architecture, interior design, and planning firm celebrates a transition to 100 percent ownership by the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). At an “All-Hands Meeting,” this week, the announcement was made that ownership of the company has been transferred from the firm’s principal shareholders to STG Design employees. With the primary goals of continuity in leadership, autonomy, culture, and design services, the company elected to establish an ESOP to recognize and reward the commitment, passion, and talent of its employees, both present, and future. Based on STG Design’s strong performance over the last several years and a comprehensive review of the firm’s financial data, the shareholders concluded that this was an opportune time to sell and that the employees, through the ESOP, were the right buyer to whom to sell.

“Our employees are our most valuable resource and closest partners in the practice of design,” said Jim Susman, CEO. “We firmly believe that our people should control their own destiny and have the opportunity to experience the fulfillment of ownership.” Susman will continue as CEO, the firm’s management team remains in place, and STG seamlessly maintains its focus on world-class professional service and innovative business strategies.

MB Financial’s ESOP Finance Group with $20B in assets, BDO USA, LLP’s ESOP Advisory Group and McDermott Will & Emory LLP’s Corporate Transactions Practice structured the transaction and the plan for the firm. All assets are held, managed and controlled by the ESOP Trustee, GreatBanc Trust Company. GreatBanc will lead the ESOP consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities to act solely in the interests of the participants.
STG Design’s founder Jack Tisdale said “We are truly excited about transitioning STG Design to an employee-owned company.  At the same time, we are extremely grateful for the many terrific clients and business partners that have been part of our success over the last 42 years.”

Jim Susman, FAIA

STG Design Team Attends Ribbon-cutting for Pantex; NNSA's New Administrative Building

Amarillo, TX - The STG Design team and administration officials celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

The Department of Energy's Pantex facility is managed and operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) production office.

Designed in our Nashville office, this 343,000-square-foot building will provide an administrative and support facility charged with the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons mission at Pantex. This three-wing complex was designed to house 1,100 administrative staff and is equipped with a 300-seat auditorium, conference center, meeting spaces, full-service cafeteria, and medical and employee health and fitness facilities.

“This state-of-the-art facility is a tremendous milestone in our long-term efforts to modernize our nuclear security infrastructure,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator.  “The dedicated and talented workforce at Pantex deserve a modern workspace to carry out our vital national security missions.”

Meet Sera Cremona. Nashville's new Business Development Manager.


Nashville, TN - STG Design is pleased to announce that Sera Cremona is joining the STG team, as our Business Development Manager.

Sera graduated with a B.A. in Gallery Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. With more than six years of experience in marketing, sales, and business development for the interior and furniture industry, Sera brings to STG her love for building relationships and maintaining an “idea-factory” state of mind. Her “go-getter” attitude and enthusiasm for the advancement of STG Design makes her an ideal addition to the Nashville office.

Sera will be tasked with forming new client relationships in commercial office, healthcare, adaptive reuse, mixed-use, industrial, and public sector projects as well as maintaining our existing relationships in the Nashville and surrounding region. 

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2017 Year in Review

2018 promises to be every bit as rewarding as 2017, and STG Design is looking forward to continuing the progress we are making to raise the bar on the quality of design. Before we plunge too far into 2018, we want to take some time to take a look back at what made 2017 so unique and successful. We are excited for you to join on us on our journey into the new year. Click on the below image to reflect on 2017 with us. 

The Nashville Houzz Offices Are as Incredible as You’d Expect

StyleBlueprint recently featured Houzz' new Nashville office space, designed by STG Design. The unique design showcasing various space that are "inspired by rooms in an actual home, and this gives people a sense of comfort and the ability to feel relaxed and comfortable in the space."  Read more about their new, homey space here

Photography in the article by  Caroline Sharpnack

Photography in the article by Caroline Sharpnack