While working at other firms, the designers at Design Department both worked extensively on education projects. Focusing primarily on Higher Education, Ben has designed Master Plans, renovated new buildings, built new classroom and athletic facility buildings; he even went to Tanzania to create a Master Plan for the Ruaha School. Meredith has worked closely with administrative teams and teaching staff to create student friendly, efficient classroom buildings, social gathering areas, and culinary instruction spaces.
In 2008 Ben and Eric Black, former partner at Design Department, designed the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. The building is a cutting edge energy research institute which followed up several large projects Ben completed with YGH Architecture for the university.