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NIAR Crash Dynamics Lab – Aviation

This Crash Dynamics Laboratory, located on the Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus, enables NIAR to conduct research in emerging transportation fields, allows for sufficient length to operate the sled system, and easily provides maintenance on a yearly basis.

1st Cavalry Division Headquarters – Federal

GLMV provided overall design management and designer of record services for full architectural, construction administration, sustainability, and interior and landscape disciplines for this design-build project which renovated Building 28000 to accommodate the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters and Command Operations at Fort Hood.

Employee Owner Spotlight: Craig Rhodes, AIA, AZA - Vice President | Zoo + Aquarium Division Lead

This month’s employee spotlight shines on Mr. Craig Rhodes, Director of our Zoo and Aquarium division, a man who needs no introduction. Craig’s journey in architecture began with tree house construction and a misadventure with a 5th grade book report. Unknowingly, Craig picked up a book about Frank Llyod Wright instead of the Wright brothers. Little did he know that this mistake would ignite his passion for architecture and shape his career and the rest of his life. 

A glimpse into Craig’s day-to-day at GLMV consists of a regiment of getting up at 5am to exercise and prepare for the day, and then arrives to the office to organize his daily priorities. As Zoo and Aquarium division lead, it’s his job to focus on business development as well as the overall design of the zoological exhibits. Designing such exhibits requires thought in every detail and as lead, it is Craig’s job to mentor his team to think through those zoological priorities as well. 

The Zoo and Aquarium division spans across the US, along with their clients, so Craig and his team are often communicating throughout the day. However, he wouldn’t have it any other way as designing for zoos & aquariums has him designing natural architecture, and that’s something he feels he was meant to do.   

Craig draws inspiration from wanting to change how zoos & aquariums care and house animals. His goal is to immerse both animals and guests in an environment that captivates their senses. When designing specifically for a project Craig is inspired by the natural environment, the site of where the exhibit will be, but most importantly, he draws inspiration from the Client.  Craig says, “… when the client hires us, there is some vision. By the time they have gotten to us they’ve thought about it. The goal is to unpack that something and bring that dream to a reality because without them we have nothing.” 

Among the many projects Craig has undertaken, his favorite project is the 1997 Master Plan for the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. The 19-year master plan gave birth to iconic attractions such as the Pride of the Plains, the Downing Gorilla Forest, and the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit.   

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At GLMV, we are big-picture dreamers and roll-up-your-sleeves inventors. Problem solvers and great listeners, CAD designers and BIM 3-D modeling experts. Landscape architects and interiors innovators, planners and project managers. We are steel and brick and concrete and stone, and we thrive on challenging, complex projects. We dig deep foundations with our clients, foundations that stand up to the inevitable challenges of harnessing form and function. The work we do isn’t just about a building, it’s about building strong, sustainable communities. We are honored to know that with every completed project, we've improved the environment around us.

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