Alliiance ranks #23 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook airports list!

Alliiance is ranked #23 in airports on Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook list! We have been partnering with consultants and clients across the country and worldwide for more than 50 years to improve aviation design, and we are excited to continue bringing excellence and innovation to the industry for years to come.

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A flexible, neighborhood-welcoming expansion takes an arts center to the next level

In ENTER’s recent article, “A Flexible, Neighborhood-Welcoming Expansion Takes an Arts Center to the Next Level,” Principals Amber Sausen and Marcelo Pinto share insights behind the design of the Center for Performing Arts addition in South Minneapolis. From community and character to connection to place and time, their considerations achieve a design that is functional,…

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MSP International Airport: Integrating Art and Architecture

Alliiance is fortunate to partner with a client like the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) that shares our value for integrated art and architecture. In a feature for ENTER, senior architect for the MAC, Alan Howell, talks about the design goals for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and the interplay of art and architecture in bringing…

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Alliiance Welcomes Dan Boivin

We are excited to welcome Dan Boivin to Alliiance! He will be joining our Business Development leadership team. Dan will foster client relationships and support the firm’s business development efforts in the Public, Workplace, and Science & Technology studios. Dan comes to Alliiance with decades of experience in a wide variety of industries, from law…

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Cliff Dunham is Retiring

After more than thirty-four years with Alliiance, Cliff Dunham will be retiring on June 17, 2022. With a lifelong passion for architecture and aviation, Cliff pursued both interests–earning his pilot’s license at an early age and becoming an architect in 1980. He began his career with Alliiance in September 1987, working out of our Minneapolis-St.…

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Supporting Social Spaces in Parks with Flexible Architecture

by Amanda Arnold, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA Parks and outdoor public spaces are a valuable resource for all, and usage is surging. By providing elements that support and enhance outdoor recreation and socialization, we can respond to current needs, while allowing for flexibility in the future. An unfortunate result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been…

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Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s (MSPBJ) 40 Under 40

Congratulations to architect Amber Sausen for being honored as one of this years’ Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s (MSPBJ) 40 Under 40. This award recognizes young business and community leaders across the Twin Cities encompassing a variety of industries. Since joining Alliiance in 2011, Amber has worked on design projects for Twin Cities Fortune 500 companies…

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Alliiance Promotes Three New Principals

Julie MacLeod AIA, CID, LEED AP Since rejoining Alliiance in 2014, Julie has led the design of many projects across the full spectrum of our practice. Her aviation portfolio includes the Memphis Concourse Modernization, Lincoln Airport expansion, Grand Rapids International Airport, planning for the Quad City International Airport, and on-going projects at Clinton National Airport.…

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Alliiance Promotes Nine New Senior Associates

Adam Ariano AIA Adam joined the firm in 2011 and has exceled in the design of high-visibility public projects. Working directly with stakeholders and end-users, he continually strives to improve people’s experience of public spaces through design. He has made valuable design contributions in our Aviation and Lifestyle studios including projects at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul…

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Alliiance Promotes Six New Associates

Amanda Arnold AIA, LEED GA Amanda joined Alliiance in 2018. With over 20 years of experience, she is a very knowledgeable project architect with a strong technical foundation. An engaged listener and strong communicator, Amanda applies her extensive knowledge to guide teams in solving complex challenges by coordinating and detailing successful projects. Amanda has contributed…

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April Meyer Featured in Thrive Global

April Meyer NCIDQ, LEED AP, Principal at Alliiance and Senior Terminal Designer for Interiors, is an industry thought leader in airport design. Having brought design leadership to over 40 airports worldwide, her focus is on the passenger experience. In this recent interview, April shares her thoughts on equitable access and well-being which all contribute to an uplifting…

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Two Firm Leaders Awarded TCB 2021 Notable Women in Construction, Architecture, and Engineering

Mamie Harvey AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA have been named as two of the Twin Cities Business 2021 Notable Women in Construction, Architecture, and Engineering. Fueled by a focus on collaboration, inclusivity, and design excellence, these two Science + Technology experts are committed to building the best future for…

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Finding the Right Existing Space for Your Laboratory

by Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA; and Kristen Salkas, AIA The research industry is booming.  Universities and corporations are looking to expand their research and development capabilities in a quick and cost-effective manner, while incorporating new benchmarks in research standards and hybrid workplace models. How can this need…

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Critical Planning Principles in Designing State-of-the-Art Research Laboratories

by Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA; and Kristen Salkas, AIA State-of-the-art research laboratories support groundbreaking research and increase the speed of innovation. There are specific ways to maximize the required investment by focusing on efficiencies in square footage, infrastructure, and promoting sharing of equipment, tools, and ideas. To…

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Williston for the Win

The Williston Basin International Airport was awarded a National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association Terrazzo Honor award! The epoxy terrazzo floor patterns present an abstract portrayal of the rolling plains and wheat fields of the Drift Prairie of North Dakota’s Central Lowland. https://bit.ly/3BLR34v

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Riverland Community College Wins 2020 Finance & Commerce Top Projects Award

The Riverland Community College Transportation, Trade, and Industrial Education Center (TTIEC) was selected by Finance & Commerce as one of the Top Projects of 2020. The project was a renovation of the existing lower level of the building on the Riverland Community College Albert Lea campus. As a result, the college saved nearly $3,000,000 in…

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Integrating Art and Architecture

Integrated with Alliiance’s architecture at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, artist Jen Lewin created “The Aurora” to bring the natural beauty of Minnesota indoors through the playful use of movement and light. https://bit.ly/3qoT9lD

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Say it Loud Minnesota!

Anna Pravinata and Nina Ebbighausen are among the designers featured in the SAY IT LOUD – Minnesota Virtual Exhibition! The digital exhibition features projects by diverse design professionals, as well as quotes and interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions. READ MORE

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The Employee Experience: Driving Innovation

As we return to the office, do our workplaces enhance employee experience and foster innovation? Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP of Alliiance, and Cristina Kelly, WELL AP of Entro share how positive employee experience promotes productivity and innovation through connection and community. READ MORE

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Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines: Improving Human Experience on Campus

by Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA and Justin Wilwerding, MA, CID, IDEC With contributions from Amanda Aspenson, AIA, CID, LEED AP and Abimbola Asojo, PhD, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP, NOMA, NCIDQ The idea of having a sustainable society gained momentum on the first Earth Day in 1970, just over fifty years ago. But as…

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ACRP Research Report 226

Co-authored by Alliiance, the ACRP Research Report 226 provides a thoughtful, step-by-step process to help airports provide a higher level of accommodation for passengers through the planning, design, and implementation of well-functioning restrooms and ancillary amenity spaces such as lactation rooms, pet relief areas, and shower facilities. READ MORE

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The Workplace: A Place of Purpose

In the second article of the two part series for WorkDesign Magazine, Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP of Alliiance, and Cristina Kelly, WELL AP of Entro share how space, brand, and identity influence an employee’s experience of an organization’s purpose and culture. READ MORE The first article can be found here: https://www.workdesign.com/2021/01/supporting-physical-and-mental-health-through-design/

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The Business Value of People-Centered Design

by Nina Ebbighausen, AIA, LEED AP  “In an era where change is a currency, business as usual stopped being good enough.” – Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple It’s no longer news that design-led innovation can stimulate business growth, transform public services, and enhance places and cities. In a 2013 study, the Design Council…

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Reclaiming Our Spaces Webinar

Join Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP, and other experts in the field as they share their experience and insights on spaces that are made for and by communities during the January 29th panel discussion. https://bit.ly/38UOPTV

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Supporting Physical and Mental Health Through Design

Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP of Alliiance, and Cristina Kelly, WELL AP of Entro dive into the importance of creating an engaging, safe, and healthy work environment through a sense of place, behavioral nudging, and access to nature. READ MORE

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Alliiance Joins Workwell Coalition

Alliiance is honored to partner with industry-leading peers who share our mission to create workplaces focused on the health and well-being of occupants. The Workwell Coalition is an integrated team offering multidisciplinary expertise to reshape and re-imagine high-performance workspaces and to safely bring your staff back to work during this new normal. The Workwell Coalition,…

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Bruce “Albi” Albinson Retires After 25 Years with Alliiance

After 25 years with Alliiance, Bruce Albinson (Albi), is retiring. Albi joined the firm in 1995 and worked on movie theaters, shopping malls, financial retail, specialty retail, restaurants, and the Norwest / Wells Fargo branch banks in grocery stores. In 1998, he was promoted to Principal. As Principal-in-Charge for the Lifestyle Studio, Albi led projects…

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Lincoln Airport: Finding the Silver Lining

Discover how reduced activity levels provided Lincoln Airport the perfect opportunity to undertake projects to increase capacity and improve customer experience in Business View Magazine’s December 2020 issue. https://bit.ly/2KgX16Y

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One Foot in the Past, One in the Future

A centerpiece of the New Deal of the 1930s was the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The rich legacy of CCC buildings continues to have a powerful impact on the visitor experience in our state and national parks by contributing to a sense of place and forging connections. CCC-era structures are linked to…

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Mozaic East: Anything but Traditional

Solar Builder announced that the MoZaic East project has been picked as the Editor’s Choice Award winner for the most stylish project of 2020. Congrats to everyone on this terrific recognition — your vision of making this installation “anything but traditional” is truly compelling! https://bit.ly/3m0Kz9t

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Passenger Terminal World’s 2021 Showcase: The Year Ahead

Eric Peterson, principal and Aviation Studio leader at Alliiance, describes how technology in airports will have an increasingly critical role in the 2021 Showcase of Passenger Terminal World. https://bit.ly/3p1quBN

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Riverland Community College: Transportation, Trade, & Industrial Center Grand Opening

Riverland Community College celebrated the completion of its new $10.1 million Transportation, Trade and Industrial Center at the Albert Lea campus! The project transformed portions of the campus by replacing obsolete and derelict spaces with new state of the art classrooms, makerspace/automation lab, student support spaces, and upgrades to the auto and diesel labs. A…

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University Enterprise Laboratories Receives 2019 Top Projects Award

Alliiance is pleased to announce the University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) Renovation and Addition project is among Finance & Commerce’s Top Projects of 2019. UEL is a private, not-for-profit biotechnology incubator, founded in 2003 with partnership assistance from the University of Minnesota Foundation and the City of St. Paul. Their mission includes providing new biotechnology companies…

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Williston Basin International Airport: GLC AAAE Commercial Airport Project of the Year

The Williston Basin International Airport wins its third design award! The Great Lakes Chapter of the AAAE selected the project as the Commercial Airport Project of the Year. The functional, capacity, aesthetic, and amenity improvements of the terminal have dramatically transformed the passenger experience into a state-of-the-art, world‐class facility. “The Alliiance team worked tirelessly over…

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Working Together Apart: Moments That Matter

What happens when you build something, and nobody comes? In this final episode with user experience designers, Sangam Napit from US Bank shares how he engages clients to mitigate failure and the importance of designing from a human-centered approach.https://youtu.be/eJcvp5HuD_0

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Williston Basin International Airport: ENR’s 2020 Colorado/Wyoming/Dakotas Best Project Winner

Alliiance is pleased to announce that the Williston Basin International Airport is among ENR Mountain States 2020 Best Projects Winners! The competition spans across a seven-state region that includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In addition to this award, this airport previously won the 2020 Airport Business Project of the…

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Williston Basin International Airport: 2020 Airport Business Project of the Year

Williston Basin International Airport was named the 2020 Airport Business Project of the Year! The flexible, right-sized project is a product of planning and teamwork and was designed to meet the flying needs of Williston’s current and future travelers. https://bit.ly/3dqpujG

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The Drive-In Revival

by Brad Githens, Design Professional As with so many different types of businesses, the restaurant has been highly impacted from COVID-19. But rest assured, it will survive and evolve into something even greater. Conceptually, within the restaurant business if they want to be successful or even survive, they must adapt. It is necessary to make…

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