LJA is a full-service architecture and engineering firm with over 50 years of experience. We have several offices locations in North Dakota including: Fargo, Bismarck, and Williston; seasonal office in Detroit Lakes, MN.
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, mechanical and electrical engineering services for this project which opened in the summer of 2010. The restaurant, sports bar and commercial kitchen equal 12,000 sq. ft. and can seat up to 300 people. The design for Mavericks incorporated the use of natural finishes including slate, stone and wood.
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.
The program included a series of 6 banquet halls as well as a restaurant and bar with full service commercial kitchen and various support spaces. The facility is connected to two hotels by enclosed corridors. The project design was driven by these connection links and the owner's desire to make the separate banquet and restaurant portions distinctively different in appearances, yet act as a cohesive design.
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.