Month: February 2020

CNH designer contributed to award winning ‘Passive House’ design

Houses can’t be shy, but they can be passive, and Architectural Designer Emily Nelsen was part of one such project in South Dakota that won a national award. While a graduate student at South Dakota State University (SDSU), she helped design a single-family home in Brookings. It utilizes Passive House Principles as defined by Passive …

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CNH Architects hires marketing manager as part of growth strategy

Molly Dee brings experience from Mayo Clinic in Rochester in writing and content development, and as a news reporter in southern Minnesota CNH Architects in Apple Valley has hired Molly Dee to fill a new marketing manager position at the medium-sized commercial architecture firm. “Molly has been a great fit for us. She has jumped …

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Cock-A-Doodle Zoo takes Renaissance Fair favorite to Maplewood Mall

After hosting a popular petting zoo at the Renaissance Festival and bringing animals to educate students in classrooms around the Twin Cities, Bob Plitz created Cock-A-Doddle Zoo in the Maplewood Mall. A passionate lover of animals of all types, Plitz offers about 100 animals in the large store location. Plitz has a mission is to …

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Community help just got bigger in Rosemount

After much fanfare in the summer of 2019, the 360 Communities near million-dollar triple expansion is almost complete. Owned by the City of Rosemount and leased to the nonprofit, the operation started using the building at the end of January. CNH Architects designed the expansion and upgrades and provided construction administration throughout the process. Enhancements …

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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.