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Architectural staff collects for food bank

CNH Architects staff members wrapped up a food collection effort last month in a “Reverse Advent Calendar” campaign to benefit The Open Door in Apple Valley, MN.

They collected 80 items of food before Christmas, for a total of 88 pounds.

The Open Door serves almost 5,000 Dakota County residents each month, and distributes over 1 million pounds of food annually, 70 percent of which is fresh and/or perishable.

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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.