JLG Architects: five architectural concepts to accelerate your investment


Whether you are looking for a new commercial property or guaranteeing the value of an existing investment, gaining architectural knowledge just might be the catalyst for a bright financial future.

JLG Architects has been advising homeowners in the design of commercial properties for 32 years, responding to an ever-changing, integrated design demand that does not slow down. Today, business owners, employees, tenants and customers want more from their environment – reinvented industrial design, exploration of occupant well-being and sustainable design that will reduce their carbon footprint and costs. operation, ultimately, requiring a design that goes beyond the building.

JLG Architects breaks down five fundamental design concepts that could make or break your business investment.

Five architectural concepts in which to invest:

  1. health and wellbeing

Google “design for health and wellness” and you’ll find plenty of references that talk about finding a “harmonious balance between emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual well-being”. If you are an investor this probably sounds like a joke, but as an architect it means that we are creating a space in tune with our human needs; access to nature, clean air and daylight.

If you’ve invested in an older building, chances are you’ll need to start over, open up the floor plan, and reconfigure the space to maximize natural light. Don’t forget to improve air quality and create intimate spaces focused on welcoming visitors, relaxation or collaboration, depending on the occupants’ needs.

JLG Minneapolis Office:
JLG Architects refurbished a 12,000 square foot office in the raw hull of the historic Washburn A Mill from 1874. By using sustainable building practices and the AIA framework for design excellence, we have reduced fuel consumption. energy and optimized natural light throughout the workplace, providing occupants with well-lit workspaces and a constant view of the city, the park and the stone arch bridge below.

Sanford Moorhead Clinic:
Sanford Health of Moorhead, Minnesota, and JLG have designed an advanced clinic prototype that follows a collaborative onstage and offstage care delivery model, making visits more efficient for providers and the patient. The design includes 48 examination rooms organized into separate, flexible quarters that each contain a procedure room and staff workspace. In defined and efficient spaces that promote well-being and healing, staff enjoy internal respite spaces with exterior views and great daylight. Patient access is also simplified with kiosk check-ins, clear orientation, natural light, a range of provider services and an on-site pharmacy.

2. Sustainable design

Whether you are looking to be more environmentally friendly or reduce operating costs in the long run, we advise all of our clients to adopt sustainable design and construction practices early in the process.

Companies like JLG focus on certifying green building systems such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and follow the AIA framework for design excellence. As an investor, you can replace artificial light with natural light and LEDs, restore the structure to the existing footprint, and reuse materials. You can also choose new or more sustainable recycled materials throughout the construction process.

Keep in mind that, according to the US Green Building Council, LEED-certified rental properties have the highest rents and have lower vacancy rates, while rental rates typically range from average to 20% to- above average.

Gorecki Alumni Center:
The sustainable design of the University of North Dakota provides 100% of the center’s heating and cooling from a one-of-a-kind ground source heat pump system, saving approximately $ 38,000 in costs annual energies. This equates to a 54% reduction in energy consumption, 38% in water consumption and corresponding reductions in CO2 emissions. With a system that delivers 25% more outside air and requires 60% less energy to do so, their staff reported 15% more productivity with fewer sick days. Occupants and operators also appreciate the natural light, produced with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing a 16% reduction in the use of artificial light.

White Bear Lake Sports Center, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
By renovating the White Bear Lake Sports Center from new construction, this Minnesota community saved nearly $ 6 million, while reducing the intrinsic carbon footprint through reuse of the existing building and limiting the use of new materials. Their renovation included translucent panels for natural light, LED lighting, a reflective Low-E ceiling, new insulation, a metal panel roof and replacement of the rink’s dehumidification and refrigeration systems.

Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library:
With a radical architectural form that plays with the landscape of the Badlands, the TRPL goes beyond the established standard with a deep site ecology and a more comprehensive biophilic design that will lower the total cost of ownership. The structure will produce more energy than it consumes, purify the air with net positive carbon, restore the ecology of the frame, achieve water balance and renew water resources. (Photo credit Snohetta.)

3. Put people first

Get to know the occupants or customers of your property – they are the key that helps determine branding, flexible space, collaboration spaces, and flow. If occupants are working unconventional hours, what can you provide to standardize and improve their experience? If tenants belong to a particular demographic, what amenities do they want to have access to? If you have a business, chart your customer’s journey from the door to the final purchase and out – ensuring streamlined orientation and brand exposure, providing a sense of ownership along the way. An aesthetic environment is important, but it must also prioritize people and their purpose.

Grand Forks Regional Water Treatment Plant:
Inside the striking architecture of the industrial park, there is a water treatment plant with a dynamic office environment, a training room, bedrooms and changing rooms for the plant staff 24 hours a day. 24 and 7 days a week. The wellness-oriented design also includes a training room with kitchen that doubles as a social / gathering space and a balcony that offers secure outdoor access to fresh air and a gas grill.

Colorado College:
The new Ed Robson Arena connects occupants to the mountain view with strategically placed windows, offers flexible space for students, maximizes the fan experience with unobstructed bowl seats, and reflects tradition with a suite entry strongly marked team, as well as a uniquely shaped locker room that emulates the CC Tiger logo.

4. Reinventing Industrial

When we say industrial we mean that windowless steel box that houses every civic service and dominates industrial parks across America. While functional, they can easily be transformed with unexpected shapes, creative use of traditional materials, color, and daylight through translucent panels or windows. It is also good to remember that these dark and industrial boxes house people, people who want an environment more conducive to their needs.

Headquarters of the Gage brothers:
Gage Brothers didn’t just streamline its manufacturing process for precast concrete products, the company also aimed to create a more transparent, secure and immersive work environment for its employee-owners. The new facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has sit / stand workstations, natural lighting and an open floor plan throughout – contributing to increased productivity, employee interaction and a more dynamic office culture. By reinventing the industrial workplace, the building has become a symbol of Gage Brothers’ commitment to creative collaboration and innovation, simultaneously fostering the advancement of the company’s people and products.

Cities Transit Zone:
CAT has reinvented its 1984 bus transportation building, reconfiguring the space to develop into an open, daylight-lit floor plan that enhances the agency’s culture, while reducing consumption energy and construction costs. At the heart is an immersive experience of raw steel mapping, historical graphics, and transportation signage in a traffic loop “road” design that connects services and creates a welcoming gateway for employees and visitors.

5. Connect to the community

Connecting the design of your property to the surrounding community is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your investment. This means providing occupants with a sense of belonging – a place that interprets and reflects the culture, landscape and history of the region in and around the building. Find out if your building can serve a higher purpose, if it is at the center of a neighborhood disconnect, and if it should pay homage to the history of the area. Don’t forget to go out; feel the vibe of the neighborhood, look around and explore how the landscape outside can possibly inspire the inside.

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Farm bistro:
Addressing the small community of Spearfish, South Dakota, the Farmhouse Bistro pergola design elegantly connects to the area’s agrarian structures and creates a destination through indoor / outdoor dining experiences that celebrate the unique landscape of Spearfish Creek and local materials.

Frogtown Community Center:
To connect the diverse cultures of St. Paul’s Frogtown, JLG and St. Paul Parks & Recreation fully engaged the community from the early stages of design. Together, they created an inclusive community center with easy street access and a central lobby with views of the outdoor sports fields, patio and playground. The center offers a rooftop terrace and a wide variety of crowded fitness, activity and gathering spaces that promote the well-being of children, adolescents and the elderly. The center also combined construction and public arts funding for terrazzo design and interior murals that reflect Frogtown through colorful imagery and more than 30 shades of blues, greens, reds and oranges. The high performance facility unites a culturally and generationally diverse community, while promoting the expansion of services to surrounding communities.

Jill Winkler, AIA, and Mike Schellin, AIA, are principals at JLG Architects, based in Minneapolis. For more information about the company, call 612-746-4260 or visit https://jlgararchitects.com/.

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