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JLG Architects

Grand Forks, ND

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Black Gold Corporate Headquarters

Grand Forks, ND



Familyowned and operated, Black Gold Farms took root in Park River, 40 miles north ofGrand Forks, more than 80 years ago. Today they are a global production withfarms all over the United States, yet they maintain a strong connection withthe Red River Valley and desired to stay close to the home farm. Their new LEEDGold corporate headquarters reflects the company’s philosophy of “developingmore than a high quality product.” By designing with passive systems andincorporating natural daylighting, geothermal energy, brise soleil, a retention pond and an on-sitefarm, the building is able to truly “think globally, act locally.” The companyassisted in boosting the local economy by commissioning many local artists whocreated the art, furniture and personal touches to the building, such as thereclaimed 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 otheragriculture technology corporations along South 42nd Street, planting the seedsfor an ag-related headquarters in Grand Forks. Overall, Black Golds’ newheadquarters is an extension of the company’s values. With a modern design andtraditional materials, the headquarters represents their deeply rooted historyand farming knowledge as well as their focus on the future.


  • Location: Grand forks, nd
  • Phase: Complete
  • Green: Leed gold
  • Size: 13,000.0 sq ft

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  • Sep 08, 2016

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