Month: May 2019

Legacy project: Ziegler CAT Rebuild Center

Months of planning culminated in a large-scale remodeling of a Bloomington manufacturing building in 2016, transforming it into the fifth CAT large equipment Rebuild Center in the Western Hemisphere. “This is our crown jewel right now. We’re pretty proud of this,” said Ziegler CAT Facilities Director Tary Draper. The 120,000 square-foot structure houses sophisticated engine …

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Current: Eagan Central Maintenance facilities enhance longevity, conserve

A three-building project for the City of Eagan marked significant improvements centered to the public works campus, and preparations for the future. CNH designed and monitored construction of a vehicle storage building and wash bay, as well as remodeling for offices and a lunchroom. Indoor shelter for equipment is expected to extend service life while …

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CNH history: 1980s: Designing ‘corporate homes’ on the prairie, CNH moves south

With six stories of brick and glass, the new office structure was Apple Valley’s tallest at that time, and it was the most urban design for the then small-town suburb. Quinn Hutson, firm principal The mid-1980s brought significant changes to CNH Architects. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, there was a building involved, and another aspiring …

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Staff: Office-staffer brings creative arts background to bear

Veteran part-time Office Manager Betsy Preston understands how CNH ticks and is energized by the continuous learning required in the fast-moving architectural field. “It is a place where everyone is treated with trust and respect,” said Preston, “a great place to work.” Early in her 13-year span with the firm, she took care of delivery …

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Volunteer: Architect serves as key leader for Rotary Ethics Workshop

As a member of Eagan Rotary since 1996, Quinn Hutson has been a strong advocate for the Ethics Workshop created by the club in 1994. It’s an eight-hour, ethical decision-making experience for high school students designed by Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Koch Chair of Ethics at the University of St. Thomas. The program defines ethical decision-making …

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Burnsville Fire Station No. 1: Coming Soon

CNH’s largest fire station to date, the City of Burnsville’s Fire Station No. 1 is home to a crew of all full-time firefighters and more than 44,000 SF with 10 apparatus bays. Firefighter safety was one of nine top priorities for the station. Multiple contamination zones and a designated de-contamination area will allow firefighters to keep contaminated equipment and clothing in the apparatus bay until decontaminated. Another priority in the design was firefighter mental health. A warning system that slowly ramps up with alert tones and lighting while only alerting responding staff ensures firefighters are not awoken in an abrupt manner. The station includes areas for relaxation with different lighting to promote natural sleep rhythms, as well as a yoga studio and meditation garden. Extensive firefighter training features including Firefighter 1 and advanced training elements are another highlight of the station.