History

Established in 1987 by Robert W. Nagel, ADCI began as a five-person, hometown architectural firm with an office in Lake Delton, Wisconsin. Our roots are in the educational, municipal, housing, hospitality, retail and financial markets. Those clients fueled our growth to where we opened a second location in Oregon, Wisconsin, in 1992. Nearly 30 years later, communities and small business owners remain a vital part of our business.

Clients come to us for a diverse assortment of projects…from libraries and community centers to fire and EMS stations; convenience stores to fine dining restaurants and full-service hotels. We're also known across the country for permanent and resort housing design, as well as independent senior living apartments, including continuum of care facilities.

ADCI's entry into waterpark design has humble beginnings. Some of our earliest projects were for “Mom and Pop” hotels/motels with indoor pools. In 1994, the ADCI team was commissioned to design a new indoor waterpark resort for Wilderness. The rest, as it's said, is history. We have since designed 90 percent of the resorts in Wisconsin Dells and surrounding areas and are recognized as having designed more indoor waterpark resorts than any other firm in the world.

Despite growth and diversity of clients, one thing hasn't changed: our commitment to providing “hometown service and care.” Many of our clients have made the comment, “You're not too big, and you're not too small,” and we couldn't agree more. Our team isn't so big that we lose the personal relationship and intimate knowledge of our clients' projects. At the same time, we have sufficient resources to lead projects from coast to coast, some in excess of $200 Million in total budget.

Use the timeline slider below to explore significant events and milestones in our company's nearly 30 years of serving businesses and communities.

Timeline

1980s1990s2000s2010s
1987
Architectural Design Consultants, Inc. established by Robert Nagel
1992
ADCI opens second office in Oregon, WI
1994
ADCI commissioned to design its first waterpark resort
1998
In-house Construction Administration services added to firm offerings
2003
By 2003, ADCI had surpassed 25 employees
2004
ADCI moves headquarters to new building in Lake Delton
2005
Sauk County Small Business of the Year - 2005 - Presented by Sauk County Development Corporation
In-house Interior Design services added to firm offerings
2006
Firm obtains licensure in Missouri and Illinois
2007
Top Design Firm - 2007 - Presented by Midwest Construction in October 2007
ADCI’s Oregon, WI office relocates to Verona, WI
Firm obtains licensure in North Carolina
2008
VP/COO William Ryan named to Aquatics International Power 25
2009
July 2009 - ADCI project Wilderness of the Smokies receives Dream Design Award from Aquatics International
July 2009 - Indoor Waterpark Resorts Supply & Demand Update: ADCI leads the industry, designing 12 of the top 25 IT List properties
August 2009 - Topping the Charts - ADCI designed 13 of the top 25 waterpark resorts as ranked by square feet; 14 of the top 25 when ranked by room count (as published in Waterpark Resorts Today)
October 2009 - Midwest Construction Magazine lists ADCI as one of the Top Design Firms in its annual ranking
November 2009 - Wisconsin Builders A List ranks ADCI as the 11th largest in the State
2010
Firm obtains licensure in Texas
2012
ADCI celebrates its 25th Anniversary
2013
Firm obtains licensure in Kansas and Pennsylvania
2014
Firm obtains licensure in California, Colorado, Indiana and Louisiana
May 2014 - ADCI and Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. make the LA Times with project close to Disneyland
2015
April 2015 - Andy Berry, AIA, NCARB and Meg Roback, AIA LEED, AP join the ownership group at ADCI
Firm obtains licensure in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Ohio and Virginia
August 2015 - ADCI Verona moves to Madison - Verona, Wisconsin office relocated to Madison
October 2015 - ADCI was honored with two World Waterpark Association Leading Edge Awards at the Annual Symposium & Trade Show held October 20-23, 2015. See more details under "Awards"
2017
ADCI’s 30th Anniversary!