This was the last photo of our team together. Standing around our front office. 6 feet apart. Our bosses, Steve and Cathy giving us the news that, in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19, the State of Illinois issued a Stay at Home Order. That all non-essential businesses close their doors to the public. And that we wouldn’t be seeing each other in-person again for weeks…or even months.

March 20th, 2020.

It’s no secret that this pandemic has impacted our business, our community, nation, and the world. We see the updates on the news and on social media. It’s devastating. Absolutely devastating.

Our design and admin teams are so incredibly lucky to be able to continue our jobs from the safety of our homes. We’re also lucky to be able to have limited production and fabrication staff coming into our facility on shifts to limit the number of people in our office at one time. Our team has new disinfecting procedures, they wear masks, and maintain social distancing practices.

I’ve learned a lot about our team during all of this. Our gratitude, our resiliency, and the way we treat each other like family is more evident now than ever before.

We stay positive. We empathize. We grow. We love. We create.

We’re grateful.

  • To our leaders, Steve and Cathy Edwards who work tirelessly to be sure we’re taken care of and stay healthy. They answer our anxiety-ridden questions with grace and with ease. It’s leadership at its finest.
  • For our team’s ingenuity, resiliency, and willingness to adapt to this situation. In just 2 days of hearing the news, we were all set up at our home offices, ready to keep projects moving along. Ready to be creative. Without skipping a single beat.
  • For our ability to stay connected through technology, chat groups, texting, and email.
  • For our incredible community. The strength of the Quad Cities region and the generosity of small businesses and citizens shines through every day.
  • For the essential workers doing what they can to keep our community running during all of this. Thank you.

We’re a team.

We’ve learned so many new things about each other, how we work, our passions, what drives us. We do our best to keep in contact and maintain a normal workday flow.

  • We video chat with our team twice a day. Some days it’s to discuss serious work-related projects, other days we meet just to joke around and see familiar faces. It keeps us going, laughing, creating.
  • We play games together. Answering bucket list questions, drawing competitions, and meme competitions always get us laughing!
  • We continue to partake in Beer 30. Under normal circumstances, on some select Fridays, we’ll stop work around 3:30 in the afternoon. We’ll all sip on our drink of choice – beer, margaritas, whatever. We chat, play a game of darts, joke around, and mingle (of course nerf guns are always present). Well, we’re still doing that over video chat. It may not be exactly the same, but it’s a tradition that keeps us connected.

I am so proud to be part of a team that is making it through this rocky ride. I’m proud or our team’s ability to adapt, work and function as a family, and, most importantly, our ability to be creative.

Our creative spirit will never fade.

In fact, when we get back to the office that spirit be stronger than ever.

I think it’s this unique quality in our team, our creativity, that keeps us going strong. We always figure out a way to make it happen. To get it done. And to do it like nobody else. It’s what we do. And I’m so gosh darned proud of that.

Julia Evans
Museum Services Project Manager