We’re GPD. Here’s Why We’re Different.
As an integrated, single-source provider, GPD works to give our clients the results they want and our employees the ideal place to work. We believe in doing the right thing and providing high-quality results—which have helped us grow strong bonds with our clients in the public and private sectors. We don’t have the corporate red tape that can slow down decisions and projects. Instead, we have a unified culture where we are free to be curious problem-solvers with easy access to company talent and resources.
Redefining the industry. Transforming your experience. That’s the GPD difference.
Our unique broad-based ownership structure is different than a traditional ESOP. It gives meaning to employee ownership by prioritizing the whole team over one individual. Because each employee has a vested interest in the company, we all have a vested interest in one another and in the success of every project. We’re in it together.
Improve the well-being of our employees, clients, communities and business partners by transforming opportunities into success.
At GPD, we treat our customers like our employees and our employees like our customers. By bonding our two most important assets, we are:
- The firm of choice
- The group with whom the best people associate
- The team that values its community
- People with a conscience
To provide quality, functional and timely projects committed to the enrichment and enhancement of those we serve;
To provide the personalized service of a small company, while demonstrating the stability and confidence of a large company;
To enable our clients to play an active role in the decision-making process, helping the principal access the resources to complete the project; and
To empower our people to take a leadership role and create powerful, creative and visionary solutions for every challenge.
We’ve been serving our communities with architecture and engineering services since 1961. What started as a handful of employees in a small Akron office has grown into a 650+ employee company with 14 offices across the United States and a growing national footprint.
Our story truly begins with the employee buyout of the firm’s founding fathers in 1986. This laid the groundwork for our unique broad-based employee ownership structure and our operating philosophies that make us stand out. Today, we continue to grow and move forward as a unified group of professionals who provide quality, innovative design solutions for your every need.
Meet Our Team
Our talented group of architects, engineers, designers, planners—and everyone in between—is what makes GPD special.
The leadership team uses their collective experience in the industry and their lasting commitment to GPD to provide guidance to clients and employees to ensure that we are true to our promises and our values.
GPD is committed to making positive and lasting impacts that reach further than the roads, buildings and structures we design.
From our volunteer efforts in our communities’ schools and parks to our mentorship programs for students and small businesses, we want to be a part of making our communities stronger. It is our belief that if we all come together to do what is right, true and meaningful change can happen.
Since 2014, our GPD Group Employees' Foundation has set out to support the communities we serve by enriching the K-12 public education experience and supporting at-risk children and those with medical and special needs.