Shultz + Associates, a Fargo architectural firm, was honored with two design awards presented by the American Institute of Architects, North Dakota Chapter. AIA North Dakota holds a design competition annually to honor exemplary design of regional firms. This year’s entries were judged by an architectural panel from Virginia.

Lakeland Mental Health Center (LMHC) received a Merit Award for its new headquarters facility in Fergus Falls, MN. LMHC provides behavioral healthcare services to individuals in Northwestern Minnesota. The new facility serves the expanding needs of the organization; for the delivery of services to the Fergus Falls area, and central administration for the organization’s five offices. LMHC provides outpatient services for individuals and groups at the facility, while also providing workspace for clinicians who deliver services off site. Providing a comfortable environment for patients was a primary programmatic objective. Nestling the building into the natural environment and providing views from the patient consultation rooms into the surrounding woodlands accomplished that goal. Energy efficiency and environmental stewardship were guiding principles for the facility and site design. The project is LEED Silver Certified.

The Red River Zoo Admissions Building was honored with a Juror’s Choice Award. The facility serves as the gateway entrance for the zoo. The building is intentionally low-profile and bermed into a hillside, transitioning visitors from the urban environment to the animal’s habitats beyond. The building provides guest relations, orientation, education, gift shop and admissions services for zoo patrons as well as administrative support services for zoo operation. The building also features a White-Faced Saki and Armadillo exhibit.

Shultz + Associates is a full service architectural practice based in Fargo and provides services to Western Minnesota and throughout North Dakota.