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The ‘three Rs’ of a grand 50th Open House

Relaxing, relationships and reminiscing might aptly sum up the “three Rs” of the CNH Architects’ 50th Anniversary Open House. “It was really fun to see old clients, consultants, employees and our vendors,” said Principal Wayne Hilbert. Many had responded that they couldn’t make it, so Hilbert guessed that a second night of festivities would also …

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History: Repeat business builds relationships, expertise, quality

Refinement and improvement are natural results of any firm’s efforts on multiple projects of a similar type. CNH Architects aptly refers to this as “long-term building type experience.” “We like to think of ourselves as well-rounded and capable,” said CNH Principal Quinn Hutson. “At the same time, there’s in-depth knowledge in specific areas, and types …

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CNH history: Through the years, map illustrates CNH projects’ reach

“It’s a benefit to our clients that have regional businesses that we regularly work across the broader upper Midwest,” Quinn Hutson, Principal, CNH Architects With individuals licensed in nine states, CNH Architects has offered its services across a substantial swath of the Midwest, as well as in Colorado and South Carolina. With that reach, still …

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CNH history: Technology and project sizes grow as 90s close, 2000s begin

As CNH moved into the 1990s and the new century, change was coming. The types and sizes of projects and the technologies used to underpin them, were advancing. There were retail store designs for Team Electronics, Little Caesars pizza and Bermans, the precursor to Wilson’s Leather. These were tenant improvements inside existing malls. Church designs …

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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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‘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 …

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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.