Scott Mower

Scott Mower

Rethinking Doors By Progressive Architecture 04 Oct
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Rethinking Doors By Progressive Architecture

Door types and arrangements are endless!

Hallway Designs 04 Oct
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Hallway Designs

Make hallways fun and interesting!

Interior Lighting Strategies 04 Oct
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Interior Lighting Strategies

Interior Lighting can add life to your building, and the people in it.

Daylighting Ideas by Progressive Architecture 20 Sep
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Daylighting Ideas by Progressive Architecture

Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting. Particular attention is given to daylighting while designing a building when the aim is to maximize visual comfort or to reduce energy use.

Dylan Dental 08 Sep
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Dylan Dental

Progressive Architecture was tasked with relocating this dental office in a new location, however, the Dentist wanted to reuse as many of his existing furnishings as possible. This included the dental chairs, side cabinets and even all of the Sterile cabinetry.

The Contractor was able to scribe the existing Sterile cabinets into the new space so that they looked like they were made for this space. With new countertops and a fresh coat of paint, no one was the wiser.

Proof that a new office can be done on a shoe-string budget.

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Colors influence how you feel – energized, calm, cheery, relaxed, intense, even depressed

Not just hue, but saturation, tint and brightness. Hue – pure color, tint is original color + white (lighter than original color), shade is original color + black (darker than original color), saturation defines a range from pure color to gray

Just as no two people are alike, different people will perceive the same color differently. Can be related to memories or specific feelings associated with a certain color.


Dellwood Country Club 17 Mar
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Dellwood Country Club

Working out of the back of his house for a year or so, Mower’s first project was a small, single-family home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. The start of this first project helped Mower to develop a sense of what architecture, the form and the function of it, comprises. “Architecture means a whole lot of stuff,” he says. “Not only the artistic parts, but you also need to mix in the technical parts of structural and mechanical engineering along with ‘Mr. Budget.’ That guy is always on our mind.”

After the successful completion of this home, he worked from the same building in St. Paul for over 15 years.

A Cabin Story 18 Apr
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A Cabin Story

Story by Molly Hoeg, / Photos by Jack Rendulich

“Wanna come up to the cabin?” It was a phrase I always wanted to hear from my friend Kay when we were kids growing up in Duluth.

I loved doing the Minnesota thing, going up to her family cabin north of the city for a weekend or a week. That cabin stayed in my memories, even as time and distance separated Kay and me.

Little did I know, 50 years later when our friendship was rekindled, those same words would still thrill me.

Much has changed, of course, in the intervening years. The cabin I remember was built in 1960 by Kay Harris’ grandparents, Gertrude and Norman Johnston, as a family retreat. 

Helpful hints to the owner for a smoother, running small to medium size construction project 17 Apr
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Helpful hints to the owner for a smoother, running small to medium size construction project

Of course, from our point-of-view, finding a good Architect is the key to a successful construction project.  He/she will provide you with a thorough, well –conceived design.  They will also guide you towards a competent Contractor and a comprehensive contract.  These two professionals should be your advocates through the entire process.  Is there anything else that you may want to do during the build?  Here are a few tips to help your project run a bit smoother and save time and money in the long run:

St. Croix Kidds 15 Mar
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St. Croix Kidds

Situated on the banks of the St. Croix River in Hudson, WI, this dental office remodel was themed after the recreational activities on and around the river.

In an effort to make visiting the dentist fun, a circulation “river” was designed using vinyl flooring. Applied animal stickers are used as a way-finding technique to deliver the children to their operatory.

The “fishing shed” houses the children’s play area complete with canoe and wagon wheel, while the “island” centered in the river occupies the sterile cabinetry.

Bright colors, fun carpet tile patterns and accessories help to reinforce the theme.

This Project was built by Heritage Construction.