Staff: Newer designer, firm veteran both on mission to serve clients

August 12th, 2019

A long-established principal of CNH Architects and a newer arrival both labor to support client needs and desires, offering their expertise in multiple ways.

Kelly Hanson joined CNH as an architectural designer last summer after graduating with a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University.

Rooftop fun at sizable south Minneapolis day care

August 12th, 2019

A former Walgreens and home goods store on Lake Street has been transformed by CNH Architects into a Jardin Spanish Immersion Academy with a captivating two-part rooftop playground. Drone imagery reveals the innovative design.

The entire interior of the Minneapolis structure was stripped and reinforcements were added to support the rooftop playground, explains Architect Jessica Johnson with CNH. All new walls were constructed for classrooms, a gym and breakroom.

Volunteer: Senior Designer’s dog foster are enters next round

August 12th, 2019

Senior Designer Al Tsai at CNH now has a 4-year-old in the house, Lucky, and he’s a dog.

His family offers a friendly place for such animals, and has a special relationship with Secondhand Hounds, a Minnetonka-based pet adoption agency.

Thus, the established pooch and the Tsai family recently welcomed a new companion.

History: CNH logos, professional modesty and meaning

August 12th, 2019

It began with a drafting style lettered design. Then tall and skinny letters were “in.” Bold letters followed, and finally, torn paper imagery separated an all caps visual. That about sums up 50 years of CNH Architects’ logo history.

Flashy signs and catchy taglines were a bit foreign to the architecture field, and that, like so much else, was all by design.

Building an IT culture through design

Color, feel and careful interior design came together for an information technology client that places a high value on culture and its employees, Imagine IT.

The Bloomington firm needed a new and larger space to bring several separate offices together, and the owners wanted a design centered on staff and their needs.

Legacy project: Paving way for geothermal, Apple Valley Liquor Store No. 3

The first building project in Minnesota to receive Green Globes certification, Apple Valley Liquor Store No. 3 uses a highly efficient geothermal heat pump system to save on energy costs.

The “sustainable” CNH Architects design appeared in southeast Apple Valley in 2008, before the word was widely recognized in environmental circles.