Orion Associates is a successful management services firm serving non-profit human services organizations. Their success required them to double the size of their offices. The design challenge for this project was to make a significant addition aesthetically complimentary to the original early seventies office building.
Of the utmost concern to Orion was projecting the appropriate image, including a “green design” philosophy and adding an on-site daycare facility. The company was dedicated to managing their construction budget so that they would be able to continue to fund the many charitable organizations with which they are involved such as the River of Hope. This charity provides relief to areas suffering from natural disasters, like those in Louisiana and Southern Minnesota.
The design met all of these goals using inexpensive metal panels for siding and fascia treatments, glazing for controlled day lighting and other economical building strategies. The resulting building was submitted to the USGBC, and achieved LEED Gold certification, and was a contributing factor to Orion Associates winning the 2008 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. Congratulations to everyone at Orion!
This office is the third location for this well-established practice in the metro area. The owners’ expansion strategy was to open the office quickly and begin building their clientele in growing the southwest metro, all while sticking to a strict budgeting plan.
To implement the strategy, the owners selected a location which overlooks a beautiful wetland near Hazeltine Golf Course. They hired Progressive Architecture and Karkela Construction to provide design/build services.
After quickly arriving at a design solution, the contractor worked late hours to build out the space, meeting tight time constraints while avoiding disruption to other tenants in the facility. The result is a very comfortable clinic with simple lines and fresh colors, all achieved for very little money.
This design uses a farm vernacular of barn red paint, divided lite barn windows and a carpet pattern that is reminiscent of cultivated fields to reflect its rural setting near Rogers, MN.
Curved corrugated translucent fiberglass panel ceilings conceal and diffuse the lightning in the operatories. The client wanted the space to feel like a luxurious “spa.”
A water feature, soothing color palette, warm stone materials, and turtle tank were all successfully integrated into the barn architecture with contemporary detailing to achieve the desired result.
This dental office offers a unique design on the dental office. Expressing the natural features of the material was essential in this project.
Concrete countertops, hand burnished metals, raw wood combined with the owners eclectic vintage furnishing express the owners idea of dental office.
Utilizing the clients metal sculpting talents, sculptures are placed throughout the office giving a raw industrial feel. Warm colors and textures in the waiting, reception and consultation rooms help make patients feel at ease.
The School Lake House is situated on an idyllic, secluded lake within driving distance from the Twin Cities. The shapes of the house and the out buildings are reminiscent of vernacular barn and farmstead shapes.
Colorful and geometric roofs seem to grow naturally out of a field of wildflowers on the drive to the home. Classic cedar siding is contrasted with the modern building forms. The views out to the lake through 3 story glass gives the feeling of unity with nature. The outbuilding mimics traditional barn design with a modern twist.