Grand Forks, ND
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.