Discovery Elementary School is leading elementary educational design with the integration of the Professional Learning Centers (PLC’s) for grades 1-5. The PLC’s allow students and teachers to modify their collaboration spaces to best suit their needs and teaching styles. The PLC’s were designed with maximum flexibility so that the student’s needs can be met as teaching styles and technologies evolve and advance from large group sessions to small group breakouts. Ultimately, resulting in a stimulating learning environment that adapts to and enhances the student’s learning experience. Another key aspect to the success of Discovery Elementary is the integration of day-lighting throughout all areas of the school as a multitude of studies show that students and teachers excel in healthy environments that have ample day-lighting. Through extensive discussions with the staff and School District, day-lighting was carefully studied so as to evaluate where the most effective window placement could be while minimizing any locations for potential safety concerns. In conjunction, Discovery Elementary School is one of the first elementary schools in the region to introduce LED lighting throughout the entire facility. When natural day-lighting is not sufficient, LED lighting systems have been designed to provide additional illumination. This marriage of systems, is providing the owner with a highly energy efficient design that is minimizing energy costs. One of the main concerns that we heard from the School District and staff was the overwhelming concern for student safety during drop off and pick-up times. Through thoughtful planning, an enhanced drop off & pick-up area was designed to be extremely efficient for parents allowing quick and easy movements to drop off and/or pick up students. Bus traffic is routed through a separate site entrance thus keeping kids safer entering and exiting the school-grounds whether it be by car or bus.
Family owned and operated, Black Gold Farms took root in Park River, 40 miles north of Grand Forks, more than 80 years ago. Today they are a global production with farms all over the United States, yet they maintain a strong connection with the Red River Valley and desired to stay close to the home farm. Their new LEED Gold corporate headquarters reflects the company’s philosophy of “developing more than a high quality product.” By designing with passive systems and incorporating natural day-lighting, geothermal energy, brise soleil, a retention pond and an on-site farm, the building is able to truly “think globally, act locally.” The company assisted in boosting the local economy by commissioning many local artists who created the art, furniture and personal touches to the building, such as the reclaimed wood reception backdrop, NDSU Bison display and the vintage potato chip can collection in the lobby.The project had such a great outcome that it sparked the development of other agriculture technology corporations along South 42nd Street, planting the seeds for an ag-related headquarters in Grand Forks. Overall, Black Golds’ new headquarters is an extension of the company’s values. With a modern design and traditional materials, the headquarters represents their deeply rooted history and farming knowledge as well as their focus on the future.
Lightowler Johnson Associates provided full-service architecture and mechanical, electrical and structural engineering for several new Ruby Tuesday restaurants in in several locations. LJA has completed Ruby Tuesday's in Fargo, North Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; West Fargo, North Dakota; Rapid City, South Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Mitchell, South Dakota; and Urbandale, Iowa. Ruby Tuesday restaurants are full-service type dining facilities and include curb side to go service. Lightowler Johnson Associates adapted the prototype design to fit the local conditions for each project.
Lightowler Johnson Associates provided architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as land surveying services for this new Fire Station. This 11,968 sq. ft. facility will serve the expanding City of West Fargo, North Dakota. The facility consists of a 4,800 sq. ft. apparatus bay housing up to five fire trucks and one police car. A 3,500 sq. ft. office area supports the apparatus bay. A 3,500 sq. ft. second floor storage area will serve as future living quarters. Lightowler Johnson Associates provided every discipline, in-house, for the design of this facility. LJA designed the facility to meet the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the United State Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program.
Choice Health & Fitness Center is a 160,000 SF facility residing on a 17 acre site with approximately 440 spaces. Recreation facilities within the building include a 44,665 SF Tennis facility with observation deck, a 14,400 SF gymnasium housing two full-size basketball courts, and a 12,145 SF aquatics area, which houses a zero-depth entry pool with play features, a lazy river, a 3-lane lap pool, and two 25 foot waterslides, all totaling 6,792 SF of water surface area. Additional recreation space includes Open Fitness areas totaling 14,830 SF and four group exercise rooms ranging from 1092 SF to 1921 SF. Seven laps on the indoor running track at the Wellness Center totals one mile. Auxiliary spaces in the building include both male and female locker rooms, each of approximately 3500 SF with 200 lockers, a 4500 SF lobby featuring a deli, retail store, and two party rooms, and 1745 of dividable meeting space with storage and a kitchen. Choice Health & Fitness also includes 850 SF of space for the USDA, and 11,800 SF of space for Altru Health System.
The Williston State College Northwest Area Career and Technology Center is a new facility for WSC. EAPC was retained to provide architecture and engineering services by WSC because of our similar project experience across the state of North Dakota. The $5 million, 34,750 SF building houses six programs including Welding, Building Trades, Transportation, Electronics, Multi-Media, and Sustainability and is located on the east edge of the campus. The facility consists of a 24,000 SF, high bay, pre-engineered steel building for Welding, Building Trades, and Transportation Labs. Attached to this preengineered structure is a 10,750 SF conventionally framed steel structure administration and education wing.
The project consists of a 52,000 SF long term care and transitional care component to Eventide’s Sheyenne Crossings West Fargo Campus for senior living communities. This is Eventide’s first venture for long term care in North Dakota. Eventide Senior Living Communities has been a cornerstone with senior living care in Moorhead, MN since 1951. In working with Eventide’s building committee, EAPC introduced a single story addition with a two-story connection of activity spaces and supporting elements linking three components of Independent Living, Assisted Living/Memory Care and Nursing Home. The new addition incorporates administration office suite, physical & occupational therapy, commercial & personal laundry, multi-purpose activity center, central bathing, beauty salon, concierge kitchen and transitional & nursing home wing. As a client, Eventide wanted to provide a new living concept for senior care. The concept of “neighborhood” or “pod community” was entrenched into the design team early in the design phase. The project added two wings with four neighborhoods of 16 living units that surround a central Activity & Dining area and support spaces. Each living unit was designed to include a featured wall in the living area, roll-in shower in the toilet room, multi-task wall lighting above the bed and individual heating & cooling. 26 of the 60 living units are equipped with an integrated ceiling lift system that provides an extra level of care without sacrificing dignity for the residents. This project is of significant size and complexity requiring EAPC’s full services: architectural, interior design, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, and cost estimating.
This project includes remodeling of a single story office building, approximately 40,390 SF. The project encompass a multi-phase total renovation of the interior space. The goal of the project was to improve the efficiency and working dynamics of the multiple departments. Phase 1 involved two departments. One department required 15 private offices, 8 work stations, an open work area, board room and support spaces. The other department required 4 private offices, conference room, 6 work stations and enclosed work area. Other programmed spaces included in Phase 1, is the Cafeteria, Work Room, Mail Room and Storage. Phase 2 involved restructuring three different departments to allow 3 private offices to oversee their department personnel with a total of 26 work stations. We created a more distinct working area and isolate file storage areas. An intensive ceiling design divided each department while maintaining an open office feel. Phase 3 involves a large multi-purpose auditorium space capable of sub-dividing into 3 generous size meeting rooms. The entire mechanical system will be removed and replaced with ground-source geothermal HVAC system. New construction to consist of metal stud framing, drywall partitions, acoustical ceilings, carpet, vinyl flooring, folding partitions, wall covering, geothermal well field, HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical power, and lighting. New HVAC system contains a Heat Recovery Chiller, variable volume hot and chilled water systems, and variable volume Air Handling Units to minimize building operating costs. The building will be continually occupied during construction. EAPC services included architecture, interior design, structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and construction management.
The Slaaten Learning Center is a College of Business remodel on the third floor of Old Main at Minot State University. The project was funded by Doris Slaaten, a former professor at the college. It was formerly used for a computer lab and computer repair classes. The project objective was to turn the labs into flexible instructional space designed to simulate the corporate business environment. The new classrooms include a formal board room with full conferencing capabilities, group and individual study areas, and a student organization meeting room. EAPC services included architecture and construction management.
North Dakota State University's Wallman Wellness Center is a spacious 74,000 squre-foot facility that emphasizes added capacity with an architectural character that reflects the University's most valuable resource - its people. The newly expanded facility blends seamlessly with the existing wellness center and features an array of amenities, including a three-story climbing pinnacle with separate top-rope climbing and bouldering wall, expanded cardio areas, new circuit and free-weight space, as well as new group exercise rooms for aerobics, martial arts and spinning. A three-court gymnasium accommodates intramurals, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and a multi-activity court (MAC) houses indoor soccer, in-line hockey, basketball and tennis. Four racquetball courts, observation lounges, newly expanded and modernized locker rooms, and an elevated walk/run track located on the mezzanine level round out the facility's added features. There are also larger child care facilities, administration space, a logo shop, fitness testing, health education, and massage rooms.
This largely formed concrete structure houses the University's School of Business. It has two-story, teired, "smart" class rooms, enclosed connecting link walkway, 212 teired seat auditorium, student gathing space, coffee shop and takes advantage of one of the best views of Bismarck. This project was to create a bold architectural design to inspire students and reaffirm the University's progressive values, establish a design aesthetic complimentary to the adjacent chapel and monastery designed by iconic modernist architect Marcel Breuer, and to exploit the site's hilltop location by emphasizing the sweeping views of the Missouri River Valley.
The building has a variety of purposes, including classrooms, learning labs and administrative offices. The building id designed to meet the requirements of Silver-level LEED Certification. EAPC services included programming, code analysis, architecture, interior design, cost estimating and construction observation services.
West Fargo Schools – Osgood Kindergarten Center This 16 classroom kindergarten center for 380 students was constructed to accommodate the District’s change to all day kindergarten. The centers classrooms were designed with ample storage rooms and cabinets. Twelve classrooms are designed as standard rectangular rooms and four of the classrooms where designed in an “L” shape. Studies have shown that elementary level students perform better in rooms with an “L” configuration and the administration wanted to try building several rooms of this style. The school also contains multipurpose / lunch room, media-computer center, small group, music and administrative offices. The building was designed as a green building to the LEED-NC Silver standard. It has a high efficiency envelope and mechanical system, daylight classrooms, low VOC, non-toxic and recycled materials.
The Canad Inns is a 200,000 square foot, 192-room hotel located adjacent to the Alerus Center, Grand Forks’ indoor arena/convention center. As the Canadian hotel chain’s first facility in the United States, portraying the company’s avant-garde up-and-coming image was a primary of the design challenge. The program for the hotel consists of guest rooms, administration areas, a water park, three restaurants, and other business tenant fit-up spaces. The layout extends the main concourse of the existing events center past the hotel lobby and the hotel’s various services. The skylight along this “main street” also visually accentuates the hotel’s signature tower design to its visitors, while projecting natural daylight for the circulation route and the adjacent business / retail spaces. The Canad Inns project allowed the design team to explore the use of metal panel systems, precast concrete and galvanized steel in a series of layers that both complimented the owner’s high-tech, industrial-yet modern tastes, while also maintaining a cost effective design that respected the owner’s budget.
The National Hockey Center, which is located on the south end of the SCSU campus has been home to Husky Hockey since 1989. The NHC is primarily a hockey facility featuring two Olympic size sheets of ice. The renovation plan calls for enhancing the fan experience and converting the facility into a multipurpose venue. End seating will be added to expand the seating count from 6,000 seats to 7,000 seats. Twenty-four luxury suites will be added in addition to a new front entrance and atrium. The atrium will include ticketing, administration, improved vertical circulation, a team pro-shop and access to the suite level. The additions will provide all new concourses, restrooms and concessions.
Designed for efficiency, improved circulation, and future expansion, the new Grand Forks International Terminal offers a comfortable traveling environment within a “Wow Factor” showpiece for the State. Located on a new site, the two-level terminal provides two gates capable of boarding aircraft from the Saab SF340A to the Boeing B757-300 through a passenger bridge with access to all planes, including commuter flights. Space outside the facility includes curbside loading, parking for 400 vehicles, car rental facilities, and a new aircraft apron. Materials, including stone, metal panels, concrete masonry units, and glass curtain wall, were selected to fit the landscape, as well as evoke the concepts of flight. In order to avoid a “visual shadow” for the control tower, the front of the Terminal is slightly higher than the back. A large, open atrium space presents a grand entrance to the facility.
This project involves the restoration and renovation of an apartment/commercial building constructed in 1903. The new use will consist of 2 upper floors of hotel guest rooms and 2 lower floors for casino functions. The existing structural stone foundations and wood framing are being underpinned, reinforced and reframed to meet present day codes. The original missing basement and first floor storefronts will be reconstructed as shown in historical photos. Extensive face brick repair and window replacement will also take place. A wood framed addition will also house guest rooms, casino and meeting rooms.
The primary purpose of the Fort Abercrombie Interpretive Center was to function as a public gallery to display artifacts of the area in a climate controlled environment. The Center needed to provide a gift shop as an additional amenity for the facility as well as administrative areas, restrooms, janitorial, storage, and other basic support areas. The low maintenance facility was designed by combining the overall historical concept and Owner requirements. For the safety of the personnel and visitors, the open layout allows an individual employee to view all areas of building access. The overall design concept of the Fort Abercrombie Interpretive Center stemmed from the original Block House lookouts of the historic fort. The structure is a single story steel studded building with a mezzanine level. The structure utilizes wood trusses, rafters and heavy timber posts/beams. The exterior has a cedar shake roof, cedar siding, and brick wainscot. It is a slab on grade with standard concrete footing and foundation.
The Ottertail Operations Center functions as both the Emergency Operations Center and a centrally located command post for the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department. The location in Ottertail was chosen to provide shorter response times and serve the entire county more efficiently.Electronic Security & Surveillance and full HVAC automation allow security and control not only at the facility, but also from the county seat in Fergus Falls, MN. A focus was placed on separation of public and private spaces in order to create a secure facility. The building was zoned into several areas that each require various security levels including administration, patrol, investigation, and evidence processing. The project is Silver LEED Certified.