November 7, 2017

Normandale Community College wins Best of B3 Recognition Award 2017

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RRTL is proud to announce that the Normandale Community College, Partnership Center has been selected for the 2017 Best of B3 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) award!  The Partnership Center uses daylight, views, and personal adjustability (e.g. window shades, task lights, and furniture) to achieve an IEQ Satisfaction Score of 5.94 (on a scale from 1 to 7) based on student responses to a post-occupancy survey regarding their classroom space.

The State of Minnesota B3 tools and programs are designed to help make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. The B3 programs have been developed for and are required on State-funded projects in Minnesota, however they are easily applied to any project.

The Best of B3 awards are given to organizations and projects that have shown leadership in improving their sustainability through their participation in the B3 programs.  Best of B3 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) finalists are selected based on achieving high levels of occupant satisfaction in the Sustainable Post-Occupancy Evaluation process.

The Partnership Center is the result of partnerships within the Minnesota State College and University system between Normandale Community College, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Metropolitan State University. This new three story building adds 27 classrooms, varying in size from 30 students to 100 students, it also has office space for the partnering institutions and expanded collegial and relaxed study space. At 76,000 SF, it is the largest single building on the campus, adding 20% to the existing campus square foot totals.

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September 21, 2017

University of Minnesota Pillsbury Hall Rehabilatation

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Interesting recent article in the Star Tribune on the latest about University of Minnesota’s Pillsbury Hall, on the Minneapolis Campus. 

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RRTL Architects is teamed with Goody Clancy, from Boston, to design the rehabilitation of Pillsbury.   RRTL’s team completed the pre-design report in January, 2016.   As the article explains, the project has been awaiting for additional funding to move forward into schematic design.



July 26, 2017

An exploration of the Gathering Space


Article for Church Designer Today written by Craig Rafferty, FAIA and Chip Lindeke, FAIA.

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July 20, 2017

2017 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Award





RRTL Architects is pleased to announce that the Layman-Switzer Garage has been selected for a 2017 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Award, in the new construction category.  This RRTL designed project, located at 1082 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul MN, involved the design and construction of a new four stall, two level, garage to replace the original garage structure.  The original garage was a companion to the original W. 0. Washburn House, c. 1910.  The house and garage are categorized as contributing to the Summit Avenue West Heritage Preservation District.   Although the original garage overall retained a good degree of historic integrity, the extensive cost to repair it was unreasonable.   The design & location of the new garage greatly improves the ability to park the owner’s vehicles and increases the number of parking spaces from three to four. The site planning also eliminates the security problems of the existing ‘pass-through’ driveway, that ran between the street and the alley.  The high quality exterior finish materials used all match the house and original garage in texture, color & style, respecting the original’s historic and architectural character.

April 12, 2017

A Master Plan unfolds in Minnesota

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A decades-long architect and client partnership, focused on designing for continuity and change, results in the realization of a well crafted masterplan at Wayzata Community Church in Minnesota.

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January 31, 2017

Minnesota Historic Renovation Scores Big Impact on a Small Budget


Architectural designers at Rafferty, Rafferty, Tollefson, Lindeke Architects in St. Paul, Minn., put their heads together for a cost-effective renovation on a tight budget.

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December 12, 2016

SJU – Gagliardi Field and Dome Building dedication

SJU Dome Athletic FacilityRRTL Architects recently completed work on the Saint John’s University Gagliardi Field and Dome Support Building in Collegeville, Minnesota. The field and dome were dedicated on November 5th.   RRTL teamed  with Yeadon Fabric Domes and Anderson-Johnson Associates, Inc.  for the dome design, site design and field design.

The field, dome and support building house a multi-purpose athletic facility, which features an artificial turf field with a seasonal dome and a support building that houses toilet & changing rooms, a small reception area and an indoor golf learning center. The golf learning center will provide a space for the golf team to use golf simulators and practice putting and chipping.  The facility will serve as a football practice field as well as a practice field for other varsity, intramural and club sports, such as baseball, lacrosse, soccer, golf, rugby and ultimate Frisbee.

Gagliardi Field is located on the site of the old football practice field, which is where legendary Saint John’s football coach John Gagliardi spent much of his coaching career.  This field and seasonal dome is the final piece of a state of the art athletic complex that is nestled into the picturesque woods of Saint John’s University.

November 2, 2016

St. Elizabeth Seton Church wins AIA Minnesota 25 year award





AIA MINNESOTA has selected St. Elizabeth Seton Parish of Carmel, Indiana designed by RRTL Architects as the 2016 recipient of the AIA MINNESOTA 25 Year Award. This prestigious award annually recognizes one exemplary architectural project, by a Minnesota Architect, that has withstood the test of time.

Completed in 1985, the parish complex is composed of five independent structures arranged around a commons area. The church is set back within the arrangement allowing other functions to have greater expression within the plan.  It seats 800, creating a barn like setting with its open rafters and wood.  A social hall, administrative functions, children’s activities and a weekday chapel are housed in separate but connected structures.  Linking the complex is the commons area.  It is a multi-purpose space and serves as an entry area to each of the separate structures and a gathering space for fellowship.  Collectively the buildings create a small, clustered village that identifies the church and parish as a community.

The jury commented: “The forms and spaces draw from traditional church architecture in ways that are fresh and relevant thirty-one years after it was constructed….”

October 18, 2016

SJU Dome Athletic Facility

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Construction is moving along quickly at the Saint John’s University, Dome Athletic Facility in anticipation of the November 5th Dedication


May 17, 2016

Hibbing Community College – Campus Reconfiguration

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The MN Legislature session is winding down as RRTL is finishing up Design Development for Hibbing Community College’s Campus Reconfiguration.  This project is ranked #8 on MnSCU’s 2016 Capital Bonding Request.   The HCC Reconfiguration includes a new south entry that will welcome new students to the campus and direct them to the redesigned One-Stop Student Services, Learning Commons (Library and Tutoring Center), and Administration areas.