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.


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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
significant contributions to the profession.

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.


February 12, 2014

Richard “Dick” Rafferty co-founder of RRTL Architects

Richard Rafferty, FAIA co-founder of Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects (RRTL) in 1961 with brother George, passed away on February 9th.  RRTL Architects has achieved great acclaim within the architectural profession in Minnesota.  Considered one of St. Paul’s premier firms, recipients of numerous awards for design excellence during the 52 years of his professional practice, including the AIA Minnesota Firm Award in 1997.   He was honored with election to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 1988 for a life time of achievement, one of the highest professional honors bestowed nationally.

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 celebrates Re-opening of Library

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.

August 29, 2013

Star Tribune Editorial on the SCSU- ISELF Facility

“St. Cloud’s future bright because of bonding” editorial by Minneapolis Star & Tribune.

August 22, 2013

St. Cloud State University has Grand Opening for the ISELF Facility

St. Cloud State University celebrates the Grand Opening of the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility – August 21, 2013.  Ceremonial Ribbon cutting was done by David DeGroote, College of Science & Engineering Dean (2005 – 2012).

August 15, 2013

Union Depot named Award Winner from Preservation Alliance of MN


Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke was a member of the consulting team for the Union Depot project, which was recently awarded an honor from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

July 26, 2013

St. Cloud State University – ISELF nearing completion

iself-south-elevation-croppedRRTL Architects are currently working on a new science laboratory project for St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This new building, Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility is being designed to be highly flexible and adaptable. The laboratory facility is 102,000 square feet of new space for the College of Science and Engineering. The completion date is set for July 29, 2013.

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Senior Engineering Lab                                                            Atrium Artwork                                   Universal Engineering Lab

“All of you have contributed to a great project.  Generations of staff and students will reap the benefits of your thoughtful approach to this successful project. “

Tim P. Norton, MS, Ed.Dc, CFM

Director of Facilities Management

St. Cloud State University


“What a professional, competent team that you put together for this project. Not only is the project on budget and on time, there will be funds available from the project that can be dedicated to equipment for the new facility.  Again, congratulations to the outstanding team for bringing this project in on time and under budget!”

Rick Duffett

Interim VP of Administrative Affairs

St. Cloud State University


June 19, 2013

Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Normandale Community College recently opens the “Partnership Center”.

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 The  Partnership Center is a new 76,000 SF classroom/office building.   The design is intended to be a feature of the campus, and counterpoint the consistent brown colored brick of the campus.  The building consists of three primary features: a dog-legged rectangular shaped three story black brick box, aluminum /glass curtainwall elements attached to the brick box, and an open space public lobby element that links to the new Kopp Student Center addition.