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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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Staff made sculptures play off C and H sugar connection of old

In its earlier days CNH Architects was often misheard as C&H, the more widely known sugar brand. It was popularized by television commercials with the jingle, “C&H Pure Cane sugar, is the one.” Playing off of that branding, and throwing a creative twist into its 50th Anniversary event, staff and principals with CNH created their

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MSP Business Journal – Cool Offices

MSP Business Journal- Cool Offices: Employee amenities abound at tech firm’s Bloomington office Imagine IT’s new Bloomington office is built around the idea of the firm’s “happ(i)ness circle” — that creating employee-focused happiness in the office creates happiness in the community. The concept and design have paid off. Having just moved into the space in

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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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Inside tracker enjoys life

For the past nine years of substantial growth at CNH, Deb Childs has tracked projects, employees and invoices as the part-time accounting administrator. On her first day, the accounting software and files were transferred to QuickBooks. More recently, CNH upgraded again to the industry software standard, Deltek Ajera. It allows Childs to not only track

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Student sharpens interior design skills

At the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, Liz Elton is a senior studying interior design. She’s also an intern with CNH Architects. To fulfill a one-year requirement, she spends one day per week assisting CNH Interior Designer Ashley Klis. Elton will graduate in May 2020. She has gained many design tips and techniques at

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CNH a Christmas party trendsetter?

It wasn’t always trendy. But the idea of a company holiday party in the off-season has been a CNH Architects’ tradition for more than 30 years. And, like the design for a building, there had to be rules. The first was to never do the same Christmas party twice, said Principal Wayne Hilbert. Then came

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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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Legacy project: CDA building created for efficiency, enhanced since

The administrative offices for the Dakota County Community Development Agency were designed by CNH Architects in 2002 with energy efficiency in mind for the 30,000 square foot building. The structure includes an open 2 ½ story atrium with clerestory windows to increase natural lighting. There are private and open offices, conference rooms and a welcoming

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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.