About Thad

Growing up in the design and construction industry, Thad learned early on the importance of making and maintaining working relationships. Combined with his years of experience on job sites, Thad’s ability to create and manage teams has built long-term trust in a community of repeat clients. Thad has over 20 years of experience and his career includes: project management, residential, commercial and interior design, construction administration and all the other details that bring projects to successful conclusions. At SVPA, Thad has managed all types of projects, from banks to corporate headquarters, to recreation centers.

What phase of a project is your favorite and why?

“I love construction, I grew up a contractor’s son and grandson, so construction is the language I know. As a building is built, the scale of a space changes constantly, experiencing the amount of people and coordination a project takes from start to finish. Most owners have not been a part of the building process or renovating a space. The best part of construction is building relationships with every trade on the project. We all have our areas of expertise and the project relies on each trade to take pride in their work, which is an awesome experience and several relationships develop while solving problems on-site.”

What inspires you?

“All of our clients come to us for our ability to dream with them when something good is happening to their business, school or organization. As architects we get to be part of the process – designing a new building, expanding a business or renovating a space for a better environment. We get to dream with the owner and it is truly an honor to be part of that process.”

Joined SVPA Architects

August 2000; became a stockholder in 2008; became a Vice President in 2014


Iowa State University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1994

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

Thursday Architect Construction Engineering Club (TACE), Board Member


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Certificate Holder

Licensed Architect in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska & South Dakota

Community Involvement

Iowa Bankers Association, Member

Bondurant Development Inc., Board Member

Iowa Parks and Recreation Association, Member

Iowa State University Alumni Association, Member

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa, Sporting Clays Event Committee Member

Honors & Awards

Masonry Institute of Iowa, Appreciation Award – Brick Street Market

Notable Project Experience

  • Ankeny Community School District, Athletic Complex
  • Bondurant-Farrar Community School District, Bondurant, IA
    • Master Plan
    • High School Addition
    • Athletic Complex
    • Middle School Renovation
    • Junior High School
  • Brick Street Market, Bondurant, IA
  • City of Clive Public Safety Facility
  • Connection Bank and Insurance, Burlington, IA
  • Hubbell Realty
    • Birchwood Crossing
    • Crosswinds Business Park, Phases 1 & 2
    • Cityville on 9th, Phases 1, 2 & 3
    • Grimes Distribution Buildings #2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Hy-Vee Stores, Various Locations
  • Iowa City Community School District, Liberty High School, North Liberty, IA
  • Northwest Bank, Ankeny, IA
  • Peoples Bank, Carlisle & Pleasantville, IA
  • Vibrant Credit Union Headquarters, Moline, IL
  • Washington County YMCA
  • Waukee Family YMCA
  • Wright Service Corp. Addition & Renovation, West Des Moines, IA

Growing up in the design and construction industry, I learned early on the importance of making and maintaining working relationships.

- Thad N. Long, AIA