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.

To read article: http://www.designerpub.com/projects/minnesota-historic-renovation-makes-big-impact-on-a-small-budget?utm_medium=email&utm_source=churchdesignertoday-2017-01-31&utm_campaign=churchdesignertoday20170131

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.

December 11, 2015

Local 455 Pipefitters – St. Paul, MN

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Completed this past fall, this renovation project provides modern office and training facilities for Local 455 Pipefitters Union.   The work took place in a newer office/warehouse building just north of downtown St Paul, MN. The project includes teaching labs, classrooms, office spaces, rigging/assembly spaces, as well as the largest welding training area in Minnesota. A new entrance canopy, to be fabricated and installed by student pipefitters, is also in the works for later this year.

November 2, 2015

South Central College – Faribault, MN

Classroom Addition & Renovation

This recently completed project affected virtually every space on campus. The multitude of programs included: classrooms & labs of all sorts, student study & activity spaces, assembly & administra­tive offices, a bookstore, and a library.  The dramatic curving glass and stone form of the new two story addition calls attention to the college, completely transforming the existing campus identity with a new welcoming gesture to the community.  This addition houses a second floor library, and a first floor student commons and meeting center. Renovations took place in all corners of the existing campus, during more than ten phases of construction sequencing. The school remained in session throughout the entire complicated construction process.

Completion: August 2015

Construction Cost: $11,800,000

Size: Remodeling: 53,002 SF & New Construction: 18,800 SF

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May 8, 2014

St. Cloud State University – ISELF in Tradelines Magazine

The four-story, 102,000-sf Integrated Science Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), the flagship of the St. Cloud State University science facilities, contains mostly science laboratories, with some classrooms, offices, and conference rooms.   The primary entry to the facility is through a three-story atriumthat provides a clear sense of wayfinding to the programs in the building.


Click to read article:  http://www.tradelineinc.com/reports/2014-4/integrated-science-engineering-laboratory-facility-iself

February 26, 2014

2014 Fellows from AIA Minnesota

The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated four AIA Minnesota members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made
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February 24, 2014

Chip Lindeke receives Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects

RRTL is pleased to announce that Chip Lindeke has been made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.  The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.  The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 139 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.  The 2014 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony this coming June at the 2014 National AIA Convention in Chicago.

Chip has worked at RRTL for over 30 years, a partner for over 15 and its president for over 6 years.  A licensed architect and Minnesota native, Chip has more than 35 years of experience over a broad range of project types.  He was recipient of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Young Architects Citation in 1993.  Chip is considered a leader in the design of churches. From the nation’s oldest cathedral to contemporary religious spaces, Lindeke’s orchestration of diverse art forms and disciplines contributes to the architectural profession and its reputation nationwide.  Many of these projects are nationally recognized religious projects.   While much of his experience is with religious communities, he also has worked a great deal with educational communities – primarily higher education institutions in Minnesota.  Chip coordinates RRTL’s overall project management efforts, and is actively involved in numerous local and national professional and civic organizations.