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.
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.
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.
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.
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.