The first period – formation and establishment of the Institute, making a search for the organizational and methodological forms of the design work – was completed by the spring of 1927 when instead of the Organizational Bureau under the chairmanship of S.S.Lobov, by the Order of Supreme Soviet of the National Economy of the USSR № 525 of March 7, 1927, the Board of Management of the State Institute for designing metal works had been approved as a temporary management in the following composition:
- Chairman of the Board – V.I.Mezhlauk
- Deputy Chairmen – M.N.Burov, V.N.Dobrovolskiy
- Members of the Board – D.I.Vereschagin, N.N.Lipin, A.I.Belonozhkin, A.A.Bachmanov, A.P.Shishko.
This period was devoted to formation of the central administrative apparatus, personnel recruitment, elaboration of methods of the Institute activity. The existing local design bureaus were gathered, developed and reoriented for work according to a definite system. The actual leader of the Institute became M.N.Burov in the position of the first Deputy Chairman of the Board.
Since February 1, 1930 “Gipromez” became an Institute for designing metallurgical plants in the field of the ferrous metallurgy with a new charter and a right of incorporate juridical person. Along with transfer to a one-man management instead of the collective leadership a new organizational scheme of the Central Apparatus was introduced. According to the new scheme now at the head of the Institute was a Director. A.P.Zavenyagin was appointed the first Director of “Gipromez”.