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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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by Paul Anderson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Evan Hall, AIA COVID-19 has Twin Citians seeking nature more than ever. Being cooped up at home has placed us in front of computer screens, phones, and TV to a point where nature is the only remedy to this new extreme of cabin fever. Visiting parks are…

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by Anna Pravinata, Mamie Harvey, Kristen Salkas, Justin Wilwerding, Teddy Gustafson This is the second article in a series intended to study the impact of COVID-19 on learning that typically requires in-person, on-site interactions. The first article “Teaching Design Studios during COVID-19” dealt with design studio courses, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. University…

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How do we lead creative, dispersed teams to promote innovation? In this episode of Inspired Design Ahti Hujanen, Chief Technology Officer of Glympse, shares their user experience design process and how they push innovation and build successful teams.https://youtu.be/y6kkZ10P4VU

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With all of the concern around social distancing and online learning, how is campus culture and student engagement being impacted? Gain a deeper understanding of the issue in this conversation between Alliiance’s Ken Sheehan, AIA, LEED AP and Dr. Ryan Langemeier, PhD, AIA, Dean of Academic Affairs at Riverland Community College, as he shares insights…

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by Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP and Justin Wilwerding, MA, CID, IDEC The tsunami of change wrought by COVID-19 has required colleges and universities to rapidly pivot to sustain the education process. In particular, design studio courses, such as architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design, are historically problem-based, collaborative, and hands-on courses. These courses foster…

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Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP and Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C share guidelines to reconfigure lab space to maintain social distancing in the most recent Tradeline article. Read the full article https://bit.ly/38cD2i5

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Two Alliiance projects – the University Enterprise Laboratories Renovation and Addition as well as the University of Minnesota John T. Tate Hall Renovation – were honored with AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards. Read on to learn more about these dynamic projects. University Enterprise Laboratories University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) is a creative renovation, with a new addition,…

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by Bruce “Albi” Albinson, LEED AP Recently my wife and I ventured out for dinner to one of our favorite local restaurants. We wanted to shake the Covid craziness out of our systems and see what the current landscape looked like. Being designers, we were curious to see just what was taking place in this…

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Can we successfully collaborate while working dispersed? Absolutely. Learn key aspects to effectively collaborate to drive innovation in this conversation between Alliiance’s Inspired Design host, Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP, and Brian Rowe, Human Centered Design Integrator, as he shares tools and processes on how he has been working with dispersed teams for years.https://youtu.be/JUJeu_ez3OQ

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Considerations for Re-opening Laboratories by Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP and Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for laboratory environments. Labs were shut down within a matter of days to comply with the “stay-at-home” order. The University of Minnesota recently developed the Sunrise Plan to assist university employees…

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by Deb GiL, CID, IIDA, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C and Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP Regarding our ability to affect change, Steve Jobs said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”While current events are causing significant challenges, they are also providing many opportunities…

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Research The Role of Organizational Culture in Workplace Design Scholars in management, corporate real estate, and human resources recognize work engagement as the best measure of productivity in the business world today. Similarly, recent research in these, and related, fields has identified the significant impact that communication, collaboration, and workplace relationships have on the development…

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High-impact research requires world-class facilities. The University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Laboratory is a flexible and collaborative field-based research environment that supports critical discoveries on pollinators’ health. Historically referred to as the “farm campus,” the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus is made up of low buildings with sloped roofs and silo-shaped structures…

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Alliiance is proud to announce Amber Sausen has been selected by the American Institute of Architects as a recipient of a 2020 Young Architects Award. This prestigious award honors individuals who have made significant strides early in their careers. Amber will be presented with the Young Architects Award in May at the 2020 AIA National…

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We’re excited to welcome Rochelle Maresh to Alliiance’s Workplace Studio leadership. As a recognized workplace strategist, designer, and project leader, Rochelle thrives on working closely with clients to advance business goals, foster employee engagement, stimulate innovation, and promote organizational wellness. Dedicated to the future of the design profession, Rochelle believes in giving back through mentorship…

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Mamie Harvey of Alliiance and Diane Rucker of University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) presented at Customer Focus North 2019, an event that discusses “breaking down silos to focus on people and experience.” Featuring the recently completed UEL expansion in St. Paul, Mamie and Diane focused on why space matters to drive innovation and the link between…

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Riverland Community College broke ground on September 23rd on the new Transportation, Trade, and Industrial Education Center. This exciting project celebrates technical training, incorporates new, state-of-the-art active learning classrooms, and consolidates the truck driving program onto one campus. Read more about the official announcement from Riverland Community College here.

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The University of Minnesota John T. Tate Hall was selected by Finance & Commerce as one of the Top Projects of 2018. Sustainable, state-of-the-art, and equipped for evolving technology, the renovation of Tate Hall created a plan for the 21st century building user while respecting the original building and integrating with the larger district campus…

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Finance & Commerce announced Ecolab Global Headquarters was selected as one of the Top Projects of 2018. To be eligible, the projects had to be fully completed by the end of 2018. For each submittal, a panel of judges looked at the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and…

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Congratulations to Jens Vange of Alliiance and Alan Howell of the Metropolitans Airports Commission on making AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest’s 50 Over 50 list! These “Restroom Remakers” are recognized for their leadership in the redevelopment of the restrooms at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Get to know the other 2019 disruptors and their contributions…

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