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

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…

2021 Airport Foundation MSP Golf Tournament

Alliiance had a fantastic afternoon at the 2021 Airport Foundation MSP Golf Tournament at Prestwick Golf Club!

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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

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

Passenger Terminal World’s 2021 Showcase: A Bright Future

In Passenger Terminal World’s 2021 Showcase, Alliiance shares how both passenger experience and equity can be significantly improved by industry developments – now and in the future. https://bit.ly/3280pYf

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

Research Labs Begin Phased Reopening


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

Two Alliiance Projects Receive 2020 AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards

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…

Workplace Newsletter – Winter 2020

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…

Amber Sausen Receives AIA 2020 Young Architects Award

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…

Welcome Rochelle Maresh to Alliiance’s Workplace Studio Leadership

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…

Why Space Matters: Building a Community of Innovation

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…

Groundbreaking at Riverland Community College

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.

University of Minnesota John T. Tate Hall Wins 2018 Finance & Commerce Top Projects Award

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…

Ecolab Global Headquarters Wins 2018 Finance & Commerce Top Projects Award

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…

50 Over 50: Exceptional People Shattering Myths About Aging

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…

Target Center Renovation Wins 2019 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award

The Target Center Renovation was selected as a recipient of a 2019 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award. The award recognizes a project that exemplifies a story of excellence beyond design, a design that focuses on the public’s interest, and a design solution that embodies all of the influences that shape the…

Making the Cut: Top 300 Architecture Firms of 2019

We are proud to announce Alliiance pulled in at #160 on Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms list! See the full list of 2019 rankings here  

Inspiring Women Leaders of the Future

Congrats to Aishwarya Karunanidhi on being a 2019 Beverly Hauschild-Baron Leadership Fund scholarship recipient! Aish’s active involvement with AIA and her thoughtful response about enhancing her leadership abilities helped her land one of fourteen scholarships to attend the upcoming Women’s Leadership Summit. Click here to learn more about the scholarship….

Spotlight on Minneapolis Experts and Innovators

Featured in The Architect’s Newspaper, Facades+ 2019 conference co-chairs, Joe Simma of Alliiance and Will Babbington of Studio NYL, discuss the upcoming conference along with Alliiance’s and Studio NYL’s work. https://bit.ly/2IkrQV3  

Amber Sausen Receives AIA MN Young Architects Award

Amber exemplifies what the Young Architects Award is all about.– 2019 AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award juror comment. It is a great privilege to announce that Amber Sausen has been selected for the 2019 American Institute of Architects Minnesota Young Architects Award. The jury selected Amber for her ourstanding contributions…

Innovations Ahead: UEL Grand Opening

The two-story, 19,000 SF addition to University Enterprise Laboratories’ main building is now open. The project includes 18 labs and a shared work space. It also provides a renovated shared entrance hall and new office and conference rooms. Read the full article here.

Sneak Peek At Louisville International Airport Renderings

Alliiance and Louisville International Airport – SDF reveal renderings of potential major terminal renovations. Read the full article at https://bit.ly/2I7fTmN

Announcing Alliiance’s 2019 Promotions

SENIOR ASSOCIATES Paul Anderson  RA, LEED AP BD+C Paul joined Alliiance in 2016 and brought with him a deep résumé of public and community-oriented work with a particular focus on environmental learning and visitor centers throughout the Midwest and Alaska. While at Alliiance, Paul has provided business development leadership and design…

Welcome Ernesto Ruiz-Garcia Alliiance’s New Lead Project Designer

Ernesto Ruiz-Garcia, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, recently brought 20 years of experience to Alliiance, along with his collaborative approach to designing buildings that are practical, sustainable, and authentic. In joining Alliiance’s design leadership team, Ernesto will lend his talent, synergistic approach, and charisma to projects across all studios, firmwide design…