Legacy project: Upscale downtown station exuded quality

Legacy project: Upscale downtown station exuded quality

A prime location and innovation were put on display for Bobby and Steve's Auto World in the late 1990s, when CNH tackled an all new upscale service station project which came together at the edge of downtown Minneapolis.

The tight site utilized a diagonal vehicle flow which was reflected in the angled portions of the buildings, explains CNH Principal Quinn Hutson.

Client donates statues on Cedar Ave., CNH advises

Client donates statues on Cedar Ave., CNH advises

The Hilton Minneapolis downtown once held this eye-catching statue group of musicians, which is now displayed at the new location of MacPhail Center for Music in Apple Valley.

CNH did exterior work for the structure where MacPhail is located, the previous city hall building at 14200 Cedar Avenue.

Technical focus, coordination part of seasoned architect’s repertoire

Form follows function, and function is at the core of every building project, explains architect Tim Nielsen with CNH Architects.

“The artistic side is very important, but the reality of it is that buildings are technical by nature,” he said. In school, the preparation is about 70 percent art and 30 percent technology, Nielsen explains.

‘N’ in CNH shares some early history

‘N’ in CNH shares some early history

The single-glazed steel framed windows with wire would shake and rattle at the first location for CNH Architects. Then Glenn W. Cording and Associates, it was 10 stories up, overlooking downtown Minneapolis.

The 12-story office structure was the aging Wesley Temple building or Wesley Tower, built in 1928 and occupying space now used by the Minneapolis Convention Center on what was 123 Grant Street.

Gear Grid, CNH featured in FireRescue1 story

Gear Grid, CNH featured in FireRescue1 story

More than just Turnout Gear Lockers: One Fire Department’s Quest for the Perfect Storage Solution- FireRescue1
"Working with GearGrid provides flexibility and quality to our fire station projects," said CNH Principal Quinn Hutson. "It helps us to meet a variety of our design and health goals within the station

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz used CNH founder to design CA home

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz used CNH founder to design CA home

A famous St. Paul resident who moved to California when his comic strip career took off had an early connection with the founder of CNH Architects.

Glenn Cording was a childhood friend of Charles Schulz of “Peanuts” fame when he was in St. Paul, according to Architect John Natwick, a past-principal of CNH. Their relationship continued into adulthood, when Cording was tasked with designing a home for Schulz in California.

Personalized, family dealership improves business flow, store beauty

February 28th, 2019
Personalized, family dealership improves business flow, store beauty

David and Mary Buerkle, the brother and sister owners of Minnesota’s second oldest Honda dealership, worked closely with CNH Architects on a major expansion for their third generation Buerkle Honda store in Vadnais Heights.

The concept was to take the manufacturer’s requirements for the store’s design and style, but to add some personalizing and welcoming aspects, all while maintaining a sensible business flow and enhancing customer comfort.

Dreaming up project designs to navigate and complete

February 28th, 2019
Dreaming up project designs to navigate and complete

Senior Project Designer Allen Tsai is thankful for the opportunity to dream up designs with teams and work together to make them a reality.

Tsai joined CNH in 2015, where he expanded his experience with a range of project types that include civic, service, commercial, ag, animal care and industrial.