November 2, 2016
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
Construction is moving along quickly at the Saint John’s University, Dome Athletic Facility in anticipation of the November 5th Dedication
May 17, 2016
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
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
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
May 8, 2014
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.
February 26, 2014
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
significant contributions to the profession.
February 24, 2014
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.
February 12, 2014
Dick was a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture in 1954 and had brief stops at other firms before starting his company. Dick was considered the technician in the company devoting his career to overseeing the company, monitoring the construction of all projects, as well as the preparation and coordination of all construction documents. Dick would have turned 90 next month.
Notable architectural contributions include the Large Cat house at Como Zoo; the renovation of the Minnesota State Legislative Office Building; Courage Center in Golden Valley and in St. Croix; the Lake Superior Zoological Gardens Polar Bear Exhibit; St. Johns Church in Hopkins; St. Jude’s Church in Grand Rapids; Michigan; St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carmel, Indiana; and the Sault Ste. Marie Observation Tower overlooking the lock and dams.
October 25, 2013
Inver Hills Community College “Library Re-opening”
On Monday October 21, 2013, Inver Hills Community College celebrated the re-opening of the newly renovated college library with cake and balloons while the students explored the completed changes to every aspect of their library. The changes include a total reorganization of the library functions, larger reading areas, a dedicated quiet study room. Eight private group study rooms, open library book stack areas with carrels at the perimeter and interspersed within a radiating stack plan. All of the renovation components including walls, furniture, stacks, circulation and reference counters, copy areas, the new computer lab, and central study spaces are new. Visually the library is open and welcoming, lighting throughout is with softer, cooler, and efficient LED fixtures. The color pallet is a comfortable blend of wood as a focal point surrounded with multiple gray tones and muted accents of blue and green. Tables and carrels follow this same coloring pattern however chairs and lounging furniture are infused with modest blasts of primary colors for spark and interest. The space is decidedly quieter with its careful attention to acoustics and the students have immediately taken to working together in the group study spaces.