Motivated by the opportunity to work on a design project in his own backyard, ISG designer, Israel Salcedo (Izzy) reflects on his fond experience working out of the Des Moines West office, and vacillating between a future career as a soil conservationist or WWE wrestler.

What’s your favorite part of the ISG office you work in?

The Des Moines office has a great vibe—just right for mechanical and technology-wired brains. Our Mechanical Engineering Group Leader, John Trickel, PE, and his crew create a positive culture and work environment. Along with the cool design of the office, nice view, and our plants (which we have managed to keep alive) this office will be missed once we transition to the new space.

What’s usually playing in your headphones at work?

Typically, I listen to podcasts like The Joe Rogan Experience and anything soccer related. When I find a technology episode on Low Voltage Nation, I’ll listen to that as well.

Describe a challenge of working as a designer.

The challenge of being a designer is the coordination aspect. Remembering certain details between all the disciplines can get tricky, especially with multiple projects going on at the same time. The responsibility of ensuring the design works within the model and other disciplines can get overwhelming but creates a good challenge and lots of learning opportunities.

What kind of project would you love to work on in the future?

Both Des Moines offices are situated in the heart of where I grew up. It will be really cool when I’m part of the design process for a project in my own neighborhood.

How do you spend your free time?

On the weekends you can find me coaching my younger brothers’ soccer team or watching anything soccer related. I also enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes. During the week I like to bike or walk the area trails and spend time with my family.

What did you want to be growing up?

I had a few careers in mind. It started with wanting to be a firefighter, then aspiring to be a WWE wrestler. I also dreamed of being a professional soccer player, and most recently a soil conservationist. Did any of those happen? Not yet!

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