Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota

Design Excellence
March|April 2010
Vol. 36 No. 2

Press Release



20 AIA Minnesota Honor Awards

Introduction by Lyndel King
Our annual coverage of Minnesota’s top architecture awards takes you to an historic navy yard in Philadelphia, a mountain-view college campus in southwest Wyoming, and a hilly forest preserve in Seoul, Korea. You’ll enjoy the Minnesota stops, too.

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus
page 22

By Linda Mack



South View Middle School

page 24

By Camille LeFevre



Biomass Research & Demonstration Facility

page 28

By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA



Christ Church Lutheran - Exhibition Design

page 30

By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA



Great River Energy Headquarters

page 32

By Linda Mack



Wind River Hall

page 34

By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA



Samsung Cancer Center

page 36

By Amy Goetzman


Syngenta Seeds

page 38

By Amy Goetzman


Weekend House

page 41

By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA


By Adam Regn Arvidson

Landscape architects, planners, and engineers have helped Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, turn flood-protection measures and floodplain into a civic treasure. “The Red River Greenway,” writes Adam Regn Arvidson, “boasts more than 17 miles of trails and 2,200 acres of parkland that wind along the Red and Red Lake rivers. Its high floodwalls have removable sections that link the cities to the river. There are natural areas, stormwater-management ponds, and even a golf course, all within the floodway. And it works. Last spring, as the Red River rose, Grand Forks simply closed up its floodgates and waited for the water to recede.”

Departments & Directories


7 Editor ’s Note


11 Post It

A Threshold blogger descends a multilevel, architect-designed back deck above Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis.


13 Culture Crawl by Camille LeFevre

The best medicine for a Minnesota winter is a trip to the lush and humid Como Park Visitor Center and Conservatory in St. Paul.



15 Material Matters by Adam Regn Arvidson

Tree huggers rejoice! A new landscape product installed in downtown Minneapolis allows street trees to flourish.



17 Conundra by Camille LeFevre

Many newspapers and magazines have scaled back or eliminated their architecture coverage. Can architectural criticism survive?



19 Wayfarer by Wynne Yelland, AIA

A local architect renews an old family tradition: touring the California missions. The only thing missing is his parents’ dust-covered Pinto wagon.




64 Place by Paul Crosby

The long-awaited Target Field is finally pulling into the station.




55 Directory of Landscape Architecture Firms

61 Credits

63 Advertising Index


On the Cover

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“It was a thrill to photograph Urban Outfitters’new Philadelphia Naval Shipyard home,” says architectural photographer Lara Swimmer. “The opportunities to collaborate with MS&R and to document the life of fashion-in-the-making inside these gorgeously retrofitted buildings were highlights, given my background as apprentice at Elle Studios in Paris and my career documenting civic-building reconstruction.”


Mission Statement

Architecture Minnesota, the primary public outreach tool of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, is published to inform the public about architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and to communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public and the membership.