Target Center Renovation Selected as a Finance & Commerce 2017 Top Project

Finance & Commerce announced the Target Center Renovation was selected as one of the Top Projects of 2017. The annual awards are judged on the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts. The Target Center, the urban multi-use arena that is owned by the City of Minneapolis and home to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx, was fully renovated in time for the start of the 2017/2018 NBA season. When the Target Center was constructed in the late 1980s, the building was at the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Since that time, the City of Minneapolis has grown dramatically. Parking ramps have been constructed nearby with skyways that serve downtown businesses, Target Field has successfully integrated with the Warehouse District, and the North Loop has had major growth. As a result, Target Center is now more in the heart of…

Celebrating the Achievements of Two Recent College Graduates

Tyler Bares Tyler Bares, a designer at Alliiance, was in the first class to graduate from Dunwoody College’s Bachelor of Architecture program and received the 2018 Academic Excellence Award from the Construction Sciences and Building Technology department. Every year, one graduating student from each academic area at Dunwoody receives the award reflecting a solid work ethic, collegiate camaraderie, extra-curricular participation, and pursuit of excellence and self-awareness. Rea Jorgaqi Rea Jorgaqi, an interior designer at Alliiance and recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, was honored with the University of Minnesota College of Design’s Student Academic Excellence Award for Design, Housing, and Apparel. The award recognizes outstanding student work from the current school year.

Target Center nominated for Sports Facility of the Year

Target Center is a nominee for the Sports Facility of the Year in the 11th Annual Sports Business Journal Award, which recognizes excellence over the past year!

Alliiance Promotions 2018

SENIOR ASSOCIATES Julie MacLeod  AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP Senior Associate Julie brings strong design leadership to a wide variety of projects across the spectrum of Alliiance’s portfolio from corporate to aviation. She is a compelling communicator of design ideas, both graphically and verbally, and has gained the confidence of our clients. Julie has served key design roles on Memphis International Airport Concourse Modernization, Clinton National Airport Concourse Renovation, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Concourse G Visioning, and Winthrop & Weinstine Law Firm projects. She has also stepped into the role of Alliiance’s NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) Coordinator. Julie worked for Alliiance from 1994–1995, and returned in 2014. Michael McClimon  AIA, LEED AP Senior Associate Michael is a key player in the design of Alliiance’s aviation projects, especially at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where he worked extensively on the Operational Improvements Program and the A-G Concourse / Hotel Connector. Michael assisted in…

Xcel Substation Enclosures are finalists for an Architizer A+ Award

The Xcel Substation Enclosures are finalists for an Architizer A+ Award in the Architecture + Landscape category! You can vote for this project by going to The project is in the Architecture + Landscape category. Voting starts March 14th, 2017 and ends March 30th, 2017. Located along Minneapolis’s Midtown Greenway – this new electrical substation is a hybrid of utility and site sculpture. Together they are among a small handful of substations in the country to have intentional design aspiration. If you would like to see more about this project check out the project page.

MSP Airport Restrooms Win Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Award

Minneapolis, MN – November 11, 2016 – Alliiance is honored to announce that the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) restrooms have been awarded Cintas’ 2016 “America’s Best Restroom Award.” The restroom submissions were judged based on cleanliness, aesthetics, innovation, functionality, and unique design elements. Ten finalists were selected and then the public voted for their favorite restroom online. The Alliiance-led design team surveyed all 100 public restrooms in MSP to assess their condition and ADA compliance. Over nine months, the design team and representatives from airport planning, trades, customer service, procurement, cleaners, and vendors analyzed and debated every aspect of the restroom. This exercise led to the development of a new prototype, designed to be integrated in a complete universal planning module throughout the airport. Some of the design features include softer lighting; a material palette that serves as a wayfinding icon; wider and longer stalls; and custom recessed toilet…

Xcel Energy Celebrates Design With Alliiance

May 17, 2016 – The Xcel Energy Hiawatha Substation Enclosure in South Minneapolis is another award winning and community enhancing project planned and designed by Alliiance. Xcel Energy’s video shares their story of working with the City of Minneapolis, the community, and Alliiance. More information on this project can be found on the project page

Medtronic and the Vikings Unveil “The Horn” Monument on Medtronic Plaza

Minneapolis, MN – May 11, 2016 – Medtronic and the Minnesota Vikings announced Medtronic’s contribution of a new contemporary art sculpture on Medtronic Plaza, outside the Vikings’ new home at U.S. Bank Stadium. Funded privately by Medtronic and designed by Minneapolis design firm Alliiance, the monument is titled “The Horn.” The Horn sits as a landmark on Medtronic Plaza at the west entrance of U.S. Bank Stadium. The Horn inspires the spirit with a pair of spiraling ribbons that entwine, reflecting Medtronic’s message of “Further, Together.” The inner surfaces of both ribbons are polished and seamless mirrors, reflecting the many faces of the community who come to explore and interact with the sculpture. The combined shape of the spirals represents the Gjallarhorn, a familiar symbol to Vikings fans which is sounded prior to all home games. Once erected, the sculpture will be approximately 107 feet long, 30 feet wide, and…

Gerald R. Ford and Louisville International Airports update brand during renovations

March 17, 2016 – Gerald R. Ford International and Louisville International Airport in the news at Airport Improvement  

Alliiance Promotions

Minneapolis, MN – March 9, 2016 – Alliiance is pleased to announce the promotion of the following individuals from left to right, top to bottom: Scott Sorenson to Principal; Kari Gullixson, Paul Merrell and Joe Simma to Senior Associate; David Bower, Evan Hall, Julie MacLeod, Lauren Perich, Amber Sausen, Amy Sonbuchner, Jill Vowels and Shane Wirth to Associate.

Target Center Renovation

Minneapolis, MN – February 29, 2016 – Target Center in the Business Journal Read more here

Alliiance names President

  Minneapolis, MN – February 29, 2016 – Alliiance is pleased to announce that Eric Peterson has been named President of Alliiance. Eric brings a strong collaborative leadership to the firm that puts service to the firm’s clients first while ensuring excellence in design. Peterson, who graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1991, and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis in 1988, joined the firm in 1989. Eric’s career has been devoted to leadership of the firm’s international aviation architecture practice, and he will maintain that involvement. His first aviation architecture project was close to home: Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. Since 1989, he has brought his design leadership to over 37 airports, from San Diego to Kingston, Jamaica, which has been characterized by the enhancement of passenger’s experience in all its permutations. Eric’s leadership for his projects, and within the…