The Schmeeckle Reserve campus, while reflecting their purpose and place, is inspired by the forests of north central Wisconsin, and their purpose of enabling discovery, respite, and stewardship. Elements common to each structure are heavy timber (glued-laminated members), steel connections, native stone, wood shingles, wood siding, and simple, pitched roof forms that express purpose. Simple…

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Camp nurtures lifelong connections through shared experiences. Design shaped by nature enhances experiences through the support of activities such as waterfront, equestrian, archery, firearms, skiing and hiking. Spaces are designed for both solitary and group experiences, responding to sun, wind, topography, and plant and animal communities. Alliiance and Studio Outside collaborated on a master plan…

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Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) & Hubacheck Wilderness Research Center (HWRC) serve as research and outreach centers for the University of Minnesota. CFC is located on 3,400 acres of forest and wetlands in Cloquet, Minnesota and HWRC is located on 365 acres of boreal forest at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near…

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The buildings at Bryant Lake Regional Park are located in the center of this park’s high use area and serves nearly every park visitor. Park activities focus on both waterfront and upland environments. The Outdoor Recreation Building is the focus of waterfront activities and is complemented by a boat and water related equipment rental building…

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Alliiance collaborated with Partners and Sirny, supporting the design of Oliver Kelley Farm by selecting and procuring furniture consistent with the project design, responding to function, and enhancing the guest experience. The Oliver Kelley Farm includes a new visitor center, multi-purpose building, guest animal building, animal husbandry, maintenance building, picnic shelter, and associated site work.…

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Alliiance, in association with the Portico Group, collaborated with the MN Zoo to develop a four-acre site at the primary point of entry to the zoo’s outdoor exhibits. The reconfigured four acre outdoor plaza area links the entry to outdoor exhibits supporting and enhancing the guest experience. A meandering themed pathway seamlessly links the existing…

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Heritage Village Park is in the midst of multiple types of transportation: to the east, barge traffic on the Mississippi River, to the west, the Mississippi River Regional Trail, railroad, and vehicular traffic. New structures celebrate the railroad history of the park, in form and detail, with an interpretation of a roundhouse, covered platform, and…

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Discover Wolves! Exhibit supports the IWC mission to educate the public about wolves. This exhibit complements other experiences at the interpretive center including live wolf exhibit, programs, and films. Alliiance teamed with Split Rock Studios to develop and design the new Discover Wolves! exhibit at the International Wolf Center. The exhibit complements the existing animal…

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The Oxbow Nature Center is an asset to the community serving as the entry to the Zollman Zoo as well as providing spaces for learning and engagement with the outdoors. The proposed nature center is approximately 13,000 sf of exhibit space, flexible learning areas, and office. The main structure for the building is exposed glue…

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The Safety Rest Areas (SRAs) enable discovery, respite, and stewardship, while reflecting their purpose and place. They are inspired by how people have historically lived in this place, the tallgrass prairie of North America, which is defined by beautiful sweeping landscapes, intense sun, and constant wind. Elements common to each SRA are green roofs and…

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Inspired by purpose and place, the beach building provides space for shaded sitting/eating, concessions, restrooms/changing, and lifeguard. Its location in the park reserve enables experiences discovering the landscape and participating in nature-based programming. Materials include heavy timber (glued-laminated members), steel connections, metal roofing, wood siding, and simple, pitched roof forms that express purpose. Spaces are…

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