Clever Architecture designed an innovative engineering work space for local structural and civil engineering powerhouse BKBM Engineers in the Earle Brown Tower at 6120 Earle Brown Dr Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN 55430.
"The trend right now is to apply benching space for offices with an over abundance of collaboration spaces. Yet, most engineering firms and many others do not work well in that environment because of the way they work," said Russell Peterson, Principal Architect at Clever. "We work hard to determine how a company wants to work and then develop an efficient and effective environment for that targeted, forward looking vision. Programming and needs assessment are critical in the venture along with a strong organizational concept. Additionally, BKBM principals' had a strong commitment to share the light and views with their staff.
"Clever created the 'BKBM Walk' which is a central flared spine down the middle of the floorplate flanked on either side by glass walled principal offices to share views and light through the space. Many of those glass walls feature work images by BKBM. It's a powerful statement about how a company works and respects their team, continued Peterson. Flanking either side of the central spine is a work environment that contains sit/stand desks, dual monitor arms for large screens, ample layout space, integrated work space storage, breakout spaces, private rooms, conferencing areas, and work rooms.
"In order to create the illusion of more height, space, and movement we used a combination of selectively removed ceiling tile areas with a strong directional carpet, and perspective reinforcing color statements. We think it's a powerful office environment for BKBM," stated Mr. Peterson.
Primary vendors and suppliers working on the project included Gardner Construction as general contractor, Patcraft of Minnesota for flooring, and Prevolv who provided office systems furniture. BKBM is celebrating their 50th year with a client celebration at their new corporate headquarters at the end of November.
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Clever Architecture LLC Receives 2017 Best of St. Paul Award
St. Paul Award Program Honors the Achievement
ST. PAUL October 11, 2017 -- Clever Architecture LLC has been selected for the 2017 Best of St. Paul Award in the Architects category by the St. Paul Award Program.
Each year, the St. Paul Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the St. Paul area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 St. Paul Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the St. Paul Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Clever Architecture
Clever Architecture is a nouveau boutique architecture and interior design firm that provides comprehensive services to clients across Minnesota. We support our client's vision with an eye towards successful outcomes in a variety of areas including building design, interiors, planning, and branding. Our designers have been behind some of the most successful projects in Minnesota including the the PiM Arts High School and Center, Charles Eastman Recreation Complex, and LIfe Time Fitness.
About St. Paul Award Program
The St. Paul Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the St. Paul area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The St. Paul Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
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Designers at Clever Architecture have designed an inspiring new entrance to a local church that features a large new welcome center inspired by the diversity of the congregation, the Assumption of Mary and Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a sneak peak of the new entrance to the existing mid century modern church. More to come soon.
Saint Paul, MN, October 5, 2015 | Clever Architecture is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a featured firm in the latest issue of Licensed Architect magazine.
“It is exciting to moving so quickly,” said Principal and Architect Russell Peterson. “In just a few short months we have more than quadrupled our previous year’s billings and are getting national attention from the likes of Licensed Architect magazine. It really is quite remarkable and humbling.”
Clever Architecture was contacted by Licensed Architect after they had reviewed their work and process on their website at http://CleverArchitecture.com. They were impressed by the depth of experience, client range and the project outcomes in such a short time frame. Featured projects in the magazine include: A cabin for two photographers in north central Minnesota; the Native American Montessori Immersion Preschool in St. Paul, Minnesota; the Charles Eastman Ohiyes’A Trail Head in Morton, Minnesota; and new offices for the Transportation and Environmental Planning group of SRF Consulting.
“We are already so busy beyond my wildest expectations. I just looked at our workload and realized we have nearly a dozen projects going simultaneously in our office. We are definitely looking to add additional staff in the coming months,” said Russ. “It is exciting to see years of experience and months of planning pay off so quickly.”
Clever Architecture is headed by Marcia Stemwedel and Russell Peterson. They are conveniently located in the historic Baker Court Building at 821 Raymond Avenue near Highway 280 and Interstate 94. The firm is a block from the Green Line on University and 5 minutes from either Minneapolis or St. Paul’s downtown.
The published article can be found here: http://issuu.com/licensedarchitectwinter2009/docs/lo-res-1 on pages 18 and 19.
Saint Paul, MN, May 17, 2016 | Clever Architecture is excited to release its innovative concept sketches for a flexible proscenium theater for the Main Street School of Performing Arts.
“The first viewing of our theater concept was at Main Street’s major fund raiser Spark The Arts. It was so well received that donors were rushing the operations director to see how they could help make it a reality,” said Architect Russell Peterson. “We have been working with Main Street for over a year to expand their performing arts education concept and this theater will be the main feature of their new complex.”
“We call this theater the black box proscenium. It has a mirrored teaching stage with the ability to reconfigure the seating into multiple stage presentation types. It also features side flies where sets move in horizontally instead of vertically. It will be outfitted with advanced sound technology, LED lighting systems, flexible seating, iconic house lights and a fully equipped tech booth,” said Peterson, “It is the only theater of its kind in Minnesota and will seat approximately 500 depending on the performance layout.”
Peterson continued, “There will be much more to come as Main Street hones in on its new location in Eden Prairie. This theater is the first of three theaters envisioned for a combined advanced performing arts community center and high school. The other two, a white box arena theater and an outdoor summer stock theater stage are currently being developed.”
Main Street School for Performing Arts is an award winning, tuition-free charter school currently located in Hopkins, Minnesota. It is one of the country’s leading performing arts high school conservatories with alumni in professional stage practice and at some of the leading performing arts schools both nationally and internationally. Main Street has the biggest performing arts schedule of any high school in Minnesota and features training in music, theater, dance, and musical theater. Its combination of conservatory training, advanced academic classes and an urban community vibe make it unique among Minnesota’s charter schools. It is in authorizing partnership with the University of St. Thomas. More information about Main Street can be found at MSSPAHS.org
Clever Architecture, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is quickly rising among new architecture firms in the Twin Cities. Established only a year and a half ago, this boutique firm promotes unique visions, strategic planning, iconic designs, and buildable solutions. More information about Clever Architecture can be found at CleverArchitecture.com.
Morton Minnesota | Clever Architecture has landed the design of the new Charles Eastman Trail Project in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. The design will include accessible trails, canoe landing, interpretive signage and an outdoor classroom shelter with trails to other historic sites around Morton. Features to include native granite, environmentally sound design, and local materials.
"We are excited to move forward on what we believe is a very inspiring site with limitless possibilities. Rocks. Trees. Water. Who wouldn't be thrilled to work on this project? " said Russell Peterson from Clever Architecture.
Marcia Stemwedel ALA | LEED AP designs first of a kind Native American Hmong Immersion Montessori Preschool in east Saint Paul
Saint Paul Minnesota | "A first of its kind child care center will soon open on St. Paul's east side, as two early childhood Montessori schools team up with the goal of preserving language."
"The grand opening is a longtime vision of Janice LaFloe, a Twin Cities American Indian community advocate who said, "In the early years is when you establish your mother tongue. And if we truly want to revitalize the language we have to expose our child to the language when they are young."'
Marcia Stemwedel not only provided inspirational community design services, but also designed and helped hand paint custom murals bridging the two cultures with art.
Life Time Fitness (prototypes designed by Clever Architecture Principal Russell Peterson) sold for $4 billion to private equity firm
London Financial Times quotes Clever Principal Russell Peterson, "Being an at home dad made me a better architect."
London England | Article Excerpts "Architect Russell Peterson used to say that waiting at tables and cleaning a combine harvester were the hardest jobs he had ever done. Then he became a stay-at-home dad. “It far outstrips those,” he laughs. “It’s a tough job.”
Fifteen years ago he sold his share in the thriving architectural practice he co-founded to look after his two young children. Both Mr Peterson and his wife, who live in Minnesota, had “high-level careers, spending hours at work” and struggled with the feeling that other people were bringing up their children. So they made the decision that Mr Peterson would stay at home, while his wife went out to work... “There’s a predisposition towards guys that we are driven by career success. It has to be a linear path showing success,” he remarks. “So few people value the role men play at home.”
This was highlighted two years ago when Mr Peterson tried to get a job. “It was brutal,” he says. “I hear women complain about going back to work [after time out caring for children] and think ‘multiply that by five if you’re a guy’.”
No headhunters were interested in the skills he had gained in the domestic sphere. As an architect, he felt he understood the home and family needs far better than when he worked full time. Despite going after more junior roles — and pay — than he had been used to, recruiters told him they wanted to see 15 years of
continuous experience. The fact that he had kept his hand in by working on the occasional design project as well as maintaining his skills seemed to count for nothing. “One of the biggest areas of discrimination,” he says, “is towards dads coming back to work.” Ultimately he decided that forming his own company was his best option....
Mr Peterson’s advice to fathers considering a career break is to “stay connected” to industry contacts. Although, he concedes, “it’s hard to do when you have one kid in diapers and the other running around the house”. Despite the difficulties, he maintains that the experience of being a stay-at-home dad was valuable not just to his family but also his work, improving his understanding of how people relate to the built environment. “Being at home has helped my job. I’m a better (architect) worker.”
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