Firm History

Helping build the nation sustainably for over 50 years
Moving to its current location in Apple Valley, Cording-Natwick underwent significant changes in the early 1980s, when the founder phased into retirement. At that time, Wayne G. Hilbert joined the firm as a Principal and Owner, and it became Cording-Natwick-Hilbert Architects, Inc. Then, in 1986, Quinn S. Hutson joined the firm. He became a Principal in 1992, and the name of the company was then changed to its present form, CNH Architects. Natwick retired in 2010.
CNH made significant strides in green architecture in the early 2000s, when Hilbert was accredited by the US.Green Building Council’s LEED program, a consensus-based system that rates environmental performance for buildings. Firm projects have since won more than a handful of Green Globe Awards by the Green Building Initiative. One CNH project was the first in Minnesota to earn Three Green Globes recognition, a high, third-party-verified and sustainable certification.
Just after this period, Hutson led a firmwide effort to convert operations completely to 3D BIM design modeling, leading the industry and improving product value for all CNH clients. He also led design efforts for the Roseville Fire Station, a top-rated facility in the nation. And, Hutson expanded CNH’s focus and expertise in public projects, daycare facility designs, and auto dealership structures.
With two active principals and an excellent support staff, CNH continues as a creative, full-service architectural firm that specializes in innovative government buildings, inviting church structures, and pleasing, yet functional office, commercial, and industrial facilities. The firm is a key resource for clients who appreciate the start-to-finish service that assures complete satisfaction.

Leverage our decades of expertise and innovation to achieve your facility’s architectural and design goals.

Partner with CNH, and our talented architects and interior designers will make certain your needs are met at every step of your project.

Leverage our decades of experience and sustainability expertise for a greener, more efficient facility

Partner with CNH, and our talented architects will make certain your needs are met
at every step of your project
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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.