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Volunteer: Admin staffer has heart for single mothers

Seventeen years ago, Deb Childs’ neighborhood and church connections made her aware of Making Our Moms Successful (MOMS), a faith-based mentoring program for single women raising a family. “I have always had a heart for women supporting women and walking alongside to help them grow emotionally and spiritually,” said Childs, the accounting administrator for CNH …

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Rooftop fun at sizable south Minneapolis day care

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 …

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

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. Mimi, a …

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Volunteerism: Energy structure at ‘Zoo school’ goes further with CNH

Firm volunteers with seniors at School of Environmental Studies, Dakota Electric and Great River Energy to expand plans and product Over 10 years ago, energy companies, an environmental high school and CNH Architects worked together to take an alternative energy education project to a higher level. The partners created an educational kiosk next to a …

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Volunteer: Architect’s 53-flight stair climb fights cancers

Brooke Jacobson, left, and a teammate get ready for a 53-flight cancer-fighting climb up Capella Towers in Minneapolis. Both lost relatives to cancer. Their team ranked seventh in fundraising, bringing in $3,758. For the past nine years, Brooke Jacobson, an architect and associate principal with CNH Architects, has participated in “The Big Climb MPLS,” a …

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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.