The Governor’s Half Century Business Award recognizes a company for its longevity and service to its employees, community and the state.
“We are honored and humbled to accept this award,” said Jonathan Hess, president of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf. “We are thankful to our founders, past partners and exceptionally talented staff for making this possible. We have been fortunate to have clients who have trusted us with their resources and allowed us to enrich the lives of their constituents, while adding to the fabric of Indianapolis. It is these clients that have propelled us to success with their support, which has been central in allowing our achievements over these past 50 years.”
Gov. Holcomb honored 26 Indiana companies for the half-century award. More than 1,400 companies from across the state have been recognized during the 26-year history of the award.
“Today, we honor Indiana businesses that have withstood the test of time, helping to drive Indiana’s economy forward,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “I am thrilled to celebrate this year’s honorees and their integral role in building one of the nation’s best business climates. Together, I’m confident we will continue to take Indiana to the next level, ensuring Indiana is the best place to start a business, grow a business and get a job.”
50 Years of History
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf was founded in 1967 by landscape architects Jim Browning and Alan Day who led the industry with their vision for innovation that has resulted in transformative built-works. In the early 1970s, the duo redesigned the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza and the design of pedestrian-oriented streetscapes for Market Street and Monument Circle. Around 1970, local architect Dick Pollak joined the firm, and the firm’s name was changed to Browning Day Pollak. Craig Mullins joined the team in 1973 followed by young architect John Dierdorf in 1974. The firm offered landscape architecture, planning, architecture and interior design.
In 1980, the firm’s name became Browning Day Pollak Mullins. In 1982, Dierdorf became a partner and the firm name was changed to Browning Day Pollak Mullins Dierdorf. A year later, Pollak left the company and the firm’s name was changed to its current name of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf.
In the 80s, the business grew to include work on the historic renovation of the Head House at Union Station, the design and construction of the Pan Am Plaza and Ice Rink, as well as the RCA Dome and IUPUI’s Natatorium and Track and Field. Architects Jonathan Hess and Greg Jacoby joined the firm in 1984 and 1983, respectively. With the help of Browning, in the mid-80s, Hess designed the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, one of the most important museums for artifacts of its kind.
The early 1990s ushered in Circle Centre Mall, the Washington Streetscape and Master Plan, as well as the design for the Lower Central Canal linear park that triggered the design and construction of White River State Park and two subsequent phases of the canal.
Landscape architect Barth Hendrickson joined the team in 1999, leading into the second millennium that gave birth to the firm’s leadership toward a master plan for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pagoda Control Tower and Plaza, an international icon.
The year 2005 celebrated the opening of doors and sculptural gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Herron School of Art & Design and the Eiteljorg Museum’s expansion to the canal level. In January 2006, Browning Day completed the Canal and White River State Park Cultural District Interpretive Master Plan and a vision plan for the 28 urban blocks of the North Meridian Neighborhood Area. The firms’ involvement with high-profile projects continued with projects like Lucas Oil Stadium, the Conrad Hotel and Residences and the new Indianapolis Airport Midfield Terminal landscape design.
In 2014, Browning Day completed one of the most significant Zoo Exhibits in the world, the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo. Tim Wise rejoined Browning Day in 2015.
Currently, Browning Day is soaring to new heights of success under the leadership of Jonathan Hess, John Dierdorf, Greg Jacoby, Barth Hendrickson and Tim Wise. Browning Day has also recently completed several locally influential projects such as the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay, Pulliam Square, River Ridge Commerce Center Master Plan and Project 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Built on the principles of Leadership + Design®, Browning Day has grown into a highly productive establishment of nearly 50 professionals. The combined experience of these professionals has enabled the firm to build a broad practice of projects including academic, residential, corporate, sports, commercial, government, and healthcare, several of which have received prestigious awards from our professional peers. The firm has been recognized by several organizations for their high-quality design and innovative approach to architecture, planning, landscape architecture and interior design.
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