February 13, 2013 (Tulsa, Okla.) – The McIntosh Group celebrated its 15 year anniversary on Friday, Feb. 1.
Ellis (Lanny) McIntosh established the company in February 1998 with the idea of providing process and technology centered architecture services to clients with large building programs. In the beginning it was just Lanny, his laptop, a cell phone and a folding table providing consulting services for Kinko’s… flying out to Ventura, California every week.
A couple years later Brad Gaskins joined Lanny. The two are principals of the firm and together are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The McIntosh Group provides architecture, program management, brand management and accessibility consulting services nationwide. Their consulting services have evolved to center around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but their original core concepts about process, information and program management are much the same.
Their specialization in ADA and accessibility consulting is a case in point where they have been able to combine their unique experience in volume rollout management, their highly specialized ADA knowledge and their proprietary technology to assist their clients in developing and implementing accessibility compliance strategies for fleets of dozens or thousands of facilities.
They have distinguished themselves as THE expert in accessibility for convenience stores, hospitality and banks, with credentials that place them in the top tier of consultants. Brad is a nationally known expert on compliance with the ADA and has extensive knowledge of the regulations. Brad represents NACS, The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, as a full voting member on the International Code Council (ICC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Brad is also a certified California Accessibility Specialist and along with ten others in the company, an ICC Certified Accessibility Inspector.
In the fourteen years since the firm’s founding they have completed more than 5,000 projects nationwide. They have experience in a wide range of client types including restaurants, hospitality, retail, convenience, banks, housing and office among others. They have extensive experience in planning and implementing programs of projects, utilizing technology to leverage the information about those programs to their clients’ advantage. This has given them a reputation among their clients as a firm that can get the job done. As stated by a current client who told them, “You get s!%# done.”
They love architecture and history and have worked on many historic buildings and homes. This includes their own office building, Boulder on the Park, constructed in 1921 as the original home for Holland Hall School and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Adaptive reuse of buildings and spaces has been a constant in their practice from the beginning. Rehabilitating and adapting old movie theaters, gas stations, office and industrial buildings, their projects have added new vitality to the city and its neighborhoods.
They have grown to a staff of twenty-five with Jack the office cat, their CFO (Chief Feline Officer). They were honored as one of Tulsa Business Journal’s Employees’ Choice: Best Places to Work for 2012. Their people see the firm as a place to make their career, a place for personal and professional achievement that challenges them to learn and grow and explore their value to their team and to their clients.