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Avera Prairie Center-Cancer Institute

integrity. honesty. caring. trust. teamwork. constant improvement. These are the values upon which BWBR has built its business. For more than 95 years, we have worked with clients who share these values, and together have found success designing facilities that blend function and aesthetics into distinguished architecture. Our belief has always been that great architecture evolves from great relationships and service. As we enter our 10th decade of business, we are expanding our ability to provide that great service and are excited to announce our new office in Omaha, Nebraska. pete smith FAIA President and CEO 651.290.1937

More than growing into a new market, BWBR’s new Omaha office reflects a commitment to a growing market. BWBR has worked in the region for years stretching from the panhandle of Nebraska to the Siouxland in Iowa and South Dakota and south into Kansas. Our knowledge of the needs of residents in communities as diverse as Alliance, Yankton, Sioux City, and Omaha has led to designs that meet the needs of patients, caregivers, educators, students, and researchers as well as facilities that advance the missions and goals of the organizations they reflect. As opportunities spread across the region, our new Omaha office will allow us to provide the great service in project management, design, and planning for which BWBR has made its reputation serving clients with complex built environments.

scott kirchner AIA Principal, Omaha 402.321.5656

We are proud to call where we work “home.� The values that guide our firm come from the values that define our region. From our start in Saint Paul to our office in Madison and now in Omaha, we reflect the image of the Midwest ethichard-working, knowledge-driven, nimble, and invested in the success of others so that everyone can succeed. Omaha gives us the opportunity to build upon our legacy of distinguished architecture and service and designing solutions with organizations looking to enhance their own legacies.

Gustavus Adolphus College, Beck Academic Hall

creating better hospitals for care, community As organizations position themselves to adapt to new care delivery models, hospitals in more rural areas face additional challenges — the shifting demographics and economics of their communities. Small community and critical access hospitals occupy a unique position in their communities, representing one of the largest drivers of the local economy. More and more, they also are projecting an image of their communities, both for quality and access to vital services. As they modernize to meet the needs of their patients and staff, they must create facilities that reflect and promote the quality of life those communities offer. For Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Neb., meeting the needs of the community’s diverse occupational pool was a top priority. Through focus groups for physicians, staff, and community members, the hospital gained community approval for a major addition and renovation. By updating the facility’s function and identity and dramatically improving wayfinding, the 25-bed campus successfully serves today’s patients while planning for future innovations. Medicine is changing. Hometowns are changing. Leveraging these changes, smaller hospitals can strengthen both the services they offer as well as the communities they serve.

Box Butte General Hospital

Maple Grove Hospital

using design to change image of mental health care In 2006, the opening of Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., influenced our work throughout the nation. Today, as the number of patients increases, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services utilizes design to destigmatize mental health care and empower patients in their journey. To flex with the operational needs of an ever-changing patient population, the Van Andel Center expansion in Cutlerville, Mich., uniquely blended lessons learned from health care and secure environment design. The resulting facility allows Pine Rest bed units to adjust to acuity and census, separately serving a variable mix of adolescent and young adult patients with shared support spaces. Creating a calm and welcoming atmosphere, the design leverages the facility as a treatment tool for families and patients with choice, control, and seamlessly integrated safety measures. Similar to Avera Behavioral Health Center, warm and durable materials, open sight-lines, and optimally placed nurses stations harmonize safety with efficiency. Therapeutic, daylit, and customizable units give families and patients a sense of hope and confidence. As one parent of a Pine Rest patient said, “My son is a very happy and changed child.�

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

bringing multiple ideas into a unified vision Seeing design as a tool rather than an outcome, we’ve helped organizations mitigate the challenges of vision planning. Through deliberate and distinctive approaches, multiple voices can engage in focused discussions on operational and organizational outcomes that not only uncover surprising solutions but create stakeholder ownership of the final product. At Mayo Clinic, the success of a BWBR-led strategic visioning workshop manifested itself into a 110,000 s.f. health and wellness center that promotes lifestyle-changing activities. Mayo Clinic started with a vision to create a cutting-edge wellness center, the first such center for Mayo Clinic. Five years later, the success of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center led to a four-story expansion of the facility to encourage the public to participate in a new groundbreaking Mayo Clinic program in which people undergo a multi-day health and wellness assessment and learn strategies for how to live better.

Mayo Clinic, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center

North Dakota State University, A. Glenn Hill Center for STEM Education

a space to collaborate: improving the learning, teaching experience While the advancement in knowledge and experimentation has continually evolved, classroom and facility design has been static for the past century. Now, through technological and demographic shifts, the opportunity to reimagine the learning environment is changing the dynamics of academic facilities. Active learning environment places a premium on participation in student education. The adaptability and flexibility of spaces accommodates program and pedagogical changes efficiently. North Dakota State University’s new A. Glenn Hill Center implements the latest active learning technologies to fully immerse students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Spacious, flexible labs and classrooms remove physical barriers to support mobile teaching styles, boosting experiential education and providing richer connections in real time. Open seating, floor-to-ceiling windows, and study alcoves encourage the entire NDSU community to explore and delve deeper into research and education. Mobility among students and technology requires institutions to look beyond the classroom — every space can be a learning opportunity. Today’s active learning is robust, social, reflective, and changes how we think about designs for learning.

reflecting a culture of wellbeing A multi-generational workforce has greater expectations from their employers and for their work environments. Their office space is more than places where they do work. It is a place where people are inspired to work. Developing solutions to bring a brand and culture to life, we’ve worked with organizations to infuse their wellness-focused passion into an active workplace supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of employees and members. At Anytime Fitness, we infused work with nature both figuratively and literally with materials, daylighting, and campus amenities. The workplace builds community through various workstation options and both formal and informal teamwork areas. Glass-walled rooms strike a balance between collaborative and quiet spaces to continually support employees in everyday tasks.

Self Esteem Brands/Anytime Fitness

managing change to support discovery While U.S. manufacturing has long been seen as a leader in quality, the ability to move products from development to market in a timely fashion has become more important as innovations drive a larger portion of the economy. Forward-looking environments bring together various teams that help research, develop, and take to market the life-enhancing products that are a hallmark of innovative corporations. At one Fortune 500 Company, the design blended organizational divisional research practice with development and business operations into a 466,000 g.s.f., LEED Silver Certified research building. Through a BWBR-developed change management program, the transition from traditional to alternative workspaces helped provide critical communication, leader engagement, transparency, and education for staff on how to optimally use offices, labs, conference, and collaboration spaces to drive new innovations.

Research and Development Center

markets we serve ph. 402.671.7740

Health Care

Designing facilities that support the physical, emotional, and social needs of patients and staff. Scott Kirchner, AIA. Jason Nordling, AIA,


Creating “incubation” environments for critical thinking, imagination, and social development. Stephanie McDaniel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Greg Fenton, AIA,


Improve both processes and connections between companies and their customers. Terri Ulrick, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Mike Boldenow,

Corporate Office

Shaping environments to bring a company’s brand and culture to life. Jennifer Stukenberg, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C,

Secure Environments

Balancing the need for safety, security, health, and morale of employees, patients, and inmates. Mark Ludgatis, AIA, Melanie Baumhover, AIA, LEED AP,

Recreation & Community

Creating spaces that rejuvenate the body and soul and inspire health and wellness. Greg Fenton, AIA,


Interpreting spiritual and emotional relationships through forms that celebrate momentous occasions, encourage explorations of faith, and serve for generations. Pete Smith, FAIA,


Demonstrating civic pride and respectful use of public funds. Doug Wild, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,


Designing durable and cost-efficient structures that balance aesthetics and function. Doug Wild, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,

areas of specialization BWBR is a team of professionals who are passionate about more than design — we are passionate about the work our clients do. We assemble project-specific teams dedicated to each project’s success and offer the following services in architecture, interior design, planning, and documentation.

Lean/Workflow and Operations Analysis Campus, site, and facility master planning Architectural design and documentation Medical planning Laboratory planning Space planning/programming Construction administration Cost estimating Approval process assistance Field verification Facility evaluation/condition reports ADA, life safety, and building code analysis Furnishings, fixtures, and equipment planning, selection, and specification Imaging and visualization Record/as-built drawings Coordination of engineering services and specialty consultants Graphic design and communication Change management Sustainable guidelines/LEED documentation Space and finish guidelines Workplace study/trends solutions Environmental branding

HealthPartners, Neuroscience Center

950 South 10th Street, #5 Omaha, NE 68108 402.671.7740

BWBR Omaha Office Announcement  

BWBR’s new Omaha office reflects a commitment to a growing market. BWBR has worked in the region for years stretching from the panhandle of...

BWBR Omaha Office Announcement  

BWBR’s new Omaha office reflects a commitment to a growing market. BWBR has worked in the region for years stretching from the panhandle of...