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Plain Design Architecture on the northern plains Koch Hazard Architects

AUTHORS: Koch Hazard Architects Preface: Ralph R. Koch BOOK DESIGN: Koch Hazard Architects PHOTOGRAPHY: Koch Hazard Architects Stephen Parezo Rae Studio Cipher Imaging Treanor Architects Copyright 2011 Koch Hazard Architects All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, including electronic, mechanical, photocopying of microfilming, recording, or otherwise (except that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press) without written permission from the publisher. Printed by Fenske Media Corporation ISBN: 0-913062-45-6

Plain Design Architecture on the northern plains Koch Hazard Architects


Preface by Ralph R. Koch Dedication Introduction TIMELINE



Memorial Middle School

Orpheum Theater Center

The Lodge at Prairie Creek

STI Health Science Center

USD School of Medicine

Sioux Falls Airport

Family Wellness

Falls Overlook Cafe

SDSU Jackrabbit Village

Phillips Centre

The Center for Western Studies

First Presbyterian Church

Beakon Centre & Pomegranate

Courthouse Square


St. Martin Campus

Karl Mundt Library

Fire Station 4

Sioux Falls Events Center

Northwest National Bank





Cherapa Place

NSU Technology Center

South Dakota State Capitol

Plain Green

The Prairie Commons

Washington Pavilion

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church



National Music Museum

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Sioux Falls Green Project

Uptown at Falls Park

18 Riverview Heights

Zion Lutheran Church

Community Service

Museum of Visual Materials


Children’s Home Society

Idea Exchange


Falls Center

Outdoor Campus

Gallery KH

Downtown Sioux Falls

Brookings High School

Salsbury Science Center

Office Community

Affordable House

NSU Student Center & Library

Saint Mary’s Church


Sammons Financial

Parker Block

DSU Information Technology

Environmental Education Center

1888 Barn

SDSU Performing Arts Center


I graduated from the University of Nebraska with an architectural degree in 1951. After spending two years in the Army, I joined Hugil, Blatherwick, Fritzel and Kroeger as a designer. I became a registered architect in 1957 and joined Howard Parezo and Associates for almost four years before opening my own firm in June of 1961. My firm was based upon providing the best service possible for the client, with the client being the most important part of the team. The team also included outstanding consulting engineers. Soon the number of clients increased. Included were the City of Sioux Falls, the State of South Dakota, Raven Industries, Lewis Drug, Sunshine Foods, various churches, the Sioux Falls School District, other school districts, Norwest Bank (Wells Fargo) and many other private and corporate clients. Giving back to the community has been an important part of our firm. We became Ralph R. Koch

active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber, the Sioux Vocational School (Achieve) and other organizations and boards. Soon the number of employees increased dramatically. The quality of these employees had a big effect on the success of our clients projects. We were also active in local, state and national American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1969, my good friend and architect, Bob Hazard joined me as a partner and added additional expertise. The name of the firm was changed to Koch Hazard Architects. The number of clients and firm members both increased. Some members have retired and some left to pursue other goals. I retired in 1992. I am very pleased that our firm continues to build upon the same principles on which we were founded and continues to advance with the many changes in technology to best serve our clients. I am pleased to have been a part of this team for so many years.


A mentor to many; Bob’s passions for hard work in the client’s interest and details that make buildings work, live on. Robert Z. Hazard, Jr. (1931-2009)


Ralph Koch Architects opened on June 1, 1961. Mr. Koch quickly established a reputation for fresh design and set a new standard for professionalism. Early clients included Dr. and Mrs. Robert Giebink, Raven Industries, the Costello Company, the Catholic Diocese, the City of Sioux Falls, Northwestern Banks (Wells Fargo), Modern Press (CCL Label) and the South Dakota Board of Regents. Key early projects included the Giebink residence, DSU’s Karl Mundt Library, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant and Chester School. In 1969, Bob Hazard joined Mr. Koch and the firm became Koch Hazard Architects. With a business and architecture education and seven years with Fritzel, Kroeger, Griffen and Berg, Mr. Hazard’s skills complimented Mr. Koch’s, bringing new business acumen, project expertise and a dogged determination to provide great client service. Through the ‘70’s, the firm, now occupying the entire 9th floor of the historic Security Bank Building overlooking downtown Sioux Falls, continued to grow, adding new clients like Charles Peterson, the Sioux Falls School District, the State of South Dakota, NW Bell (Qwest), The Laboratory of Clinical Medicine, Lewis Drug, Sioux Printing, Bethany, Sioux Vocational (Achieve), Syverson Tile, Woods Law Firm and AAA. Projects of this period included the initial phases of the Capitol restoration, SDSU’s Animal Science Complex, the Huron Federal Building, early work for the USD School of Medicine, award

winning St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oscar Howe Elementary in Sioux Falls, Northwestern Bank in Brookings, and the PCA/Land Bank Building in Sioux Falls. The recession of the early 80’s brought construction in the region to a virtual standstill. Valued team members, like Bob Winkels, Steve Jastram and Kent Larson moved on. Work was hard to come by through the mid 80’s, but the firm persevered, with projects like Medical Building 2, the continuing South Dakota Capitol restoration, the SD Agricultural Heritage Museum, SDSU’s Horticulture Building and the start of the new Children’s Home Society Campus. Then in 1988, with just nine staff, Koch Hazard entered a period of rapid growth with major projects like Roosevelt High School, the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory and Lake Central Middle School. Momentum gathered with projects like the new Washington High School, Dakota Medical Center, Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton Federal Prison Camp, Central Lyon School, West Central Schools, Northwestern Bank’s (Wells Fargo) Downtown Branch and Regional Headquarters, Grace Lutheran Church and the USD Health Science Center. In 1992, Ralph Koch retired. Also in 1992, with a staff of 28, Koch Hazard moved to new offices in historic (1899) Falls Center. Another brief but

painful recession hit in 1992 followed again by a period of growth highlighted by the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Memorial Middle School, McKennan Park Restoration, Phillips Center, the Outdoor Campus, Falls Park Restoration, USF’s Stewart and Cleveland Centers, NSU Beulah Williams Library and Memorial Union, UP Clinics (Talley Building) and the SDSU’s Performing Arts Center. The growth spurt from 1992 to 1999 was different because Koch Hazard had begun the switch from manual drafting to computer automated drafting (CAD). This improved productivity, so as the volume of work increased, the size of the firm increased more slowly, this time from 18 to 24 staff. In 2001, Bob Hazard retired. Continuing with second generation leadership, Jeff Hazard, Chris Schiltz and Stacey McMahan, Koch Hazard, completed such projects as NSU’s Technology Center, STI’s Health Science Center, Zion Lutheran Church, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, USD’s School of Medicine, Parker Block, Courthouse Square, Beacon Center, Prairie Creek, Sammons Center and Cherapa Place. Looking back now on the firm’s first 50 years, it seems that its work has been shaped largely by client mission, project context, sustainability, and the desire to transform and inspire.

1963 Outstanding State Funded Project State of South Dakota Karl Mundt Library Madison, SD

1962 Completion of Ralph’s first commission: The Bob & Mary Giebink Residence Sioux Falls, SD

1965 The largest bell in SD is placed in the tower of St. Mary’s Church Bryant, SD

1969 Bob Hazard joins Ralph and the firm’s name becomes Koch Hazard



1961 1961 Ralph Koch Starts firm on June 1, 1961

1971 Construction Begins on Northwestern National Bank Brookings, SD

1978 Koch Hazard moves operations to: 630 S Minnesota Ave Sioux Falls, SD

1981 KH begins work on the initial Children’s Home Society Master Plan Sioux Falls, SD

1981 Exhibition of School Architecture, AASA Oscar Howe Elementary School Sioux Falls, SD

1982 AIASD Honor Award SDRMA PCA / Federal Land Bank Sioux Falls, SD

1978 KH begins the complex 14 year process of restoring the South Dakota State Capitol Pierre, SD

1978 Architectural Design Award SDRMCA PCA / Federal Land Bank Sioux Falls, SD

1981 Exhibition of School Architecture & Energy Conservations, NSBA Oscar Howe Elementary School Sioux Falls, SD

1981 AIASD Honor Award St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Sioux Falls, SD

1982 AIASD Honor Award Oscar Howe Elementary School Sioux Falls, SD

1985 Work begins on JFK Elementary a 4-section school to accommodate 700 students in Sioux Falls, SD

1987 Work begins on the first two phases of MB2 Sioux Falls, SD

1987 City of Sioux Falls designates the “Phillips to the Falls” area for redevelopment Sioux Falls, SD

1988 Jeff Hazard joins the team

1991 1991 The Design Process Exhibition, South Dakota Museum of Art Northern Plains Biostress Laboratoy Brookings, SD

1992 AIASD Honor Award Washington High School Sioux Falls, SD

1992 Ralph Koch retires

1993 Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation Jewitt Bros. & Jewitt Warehouse/ Falls Center Sioux Falls, SD

1993 AIASD Honor Award Spearfish Middle School Spearfish, SD

1994 AIASD Merit Award Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory South Dakota Sate University Brookings, SD

1995 AIASD Merit Award The Southwestern Block & Annex Sioux Falls, SD

1995 AIASD Honor Award Memorial Middle School Sioux Falls, SD

1996 AIASD Honor Award Skywalk, Phillips Centre to Shriver Square Sioux Falls, SD

1997 AIASD Honor Award The Outdoor Campus, Department of Game Fish & Parks Sioux Falls, SD

1998 AIASD Honor Award Carpenter Hotel Façade Restoration Sioux Falls, SD

1991 Chris Schiltz joins the team

1992 Money Magazine names Sioux Falls, South Dakota the “Best Place to Live in America”

1993 Koch Hazard moves to new office in a restored warehouse at Falls Center 5th & Phillips Sioux Falls, SD

1993 Sioux Falls citizens vote “yes” on 10/19 for the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences Sioux Falls, SD

1994 AIASD Honor Award Falls Center / KH Offices Sioux Falls, SD

1995 Memorial Middle School opens on time and $300,000 under budget

1995 AIASD Merit Award USD Health Science Building Sioux Falls, SD

1995 SD Preservationist of the Year - Historic South Dakota Foundation Jeffery A. Hazard

1996 Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation Sioux Falls Downtown Brochure Sioux Falls, SD

1997 AIASD Merit Award Beulah Williams Library Northern State University Aberdeen, SD

1998 Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation Peck-NortonMuray Block Sioux Falls, SD

1991 The 14 year South Dakota State Capitol restoration is completed. Pierre, SD

1992 AIASD Honor Award State Capitol Restoration Pierre, SD

1993 Annual Project Exhibition, National School Board Association Washington High School Sioux Falls, SD

1993 AIASD Merit Award Dakota Medical Center Vermillion, SD

1994 AIASD 25 Year Award Karl Mundt Library Dakota State University Madison, SD

1995 Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation The Southwestern Block & Annex Sioux Falls, SD

1995 AIASD Merit Award Sioux Falls Brewing Co. Restaurant / Pub Sioux Falls, SD

1996 AIASD Honor Award Grace Lutheran Church Sioux Falls, SD

1997 Stacey McMahan joins the team

1998 AIASD Merit Award Phillips Centre / Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith Law Firm Sioux Falls, SD

1999 Washington Pavilion opens. Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic play during the inaugural session.

1999 Koch Hazard completes the Campus Master Plan for the University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD

2001 2000 Governor Willian Janklow announces the construction of the South Dakota WWII Memorial Pierre, SD

2001 AIASD Merit Award Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences Sioux Falls, SD

2002 AIASD Merit Award Reliabank Watertown, SD

2003 Mayor’s Award for the Arts Organizational Advocacy in the Arts Sioux Falls, SD

2003 AIASD Merit Award 1888 Barn Restoration Sioux Falls, SD

2004 Argus Leader - Best in the Business Award Construction & Development

2005 Argus Leader - Best in the Business Award Best Growth & Development

2005 AIASD Honor Award YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

2006 AIASD Honor Award Family Wellness Center Sioux Falls, SD

2006 US General Services Administration Environmental Award Courthouse Square Sioux Falls, SD

2007 Vision2020 is developed for the 2007 Idea Exchange Sioux Falls, SD

2007 AIASD Honor Award Instructional Planning Center Sioux Falls, SD

2001 Bob Hazard retires

2001 AIASD Honor Award Memorial Student Union Northern State University Aberdeen, SD

2002 AIASD Honor Award Hazard Residence Sioux Falls, SD

2003 AIASD Merit Award Center for Western Studies Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD

2004 Phillips to the Falls is completed Sioux Falls, SD

2005 Sioux Falls’ tallest structure, Zip Tower, is demolished to make way for Cherapa Place Sioux Falls, SD

2005 AIASD Merit Award Sullivan Health Science Center STI / USDSU Sioux Falls, SD

2006 The first Idea Exchange brings together 150 regional business & development leaders. Sioux Falls, SD

2006 AIASD Merit Award The Lodge at Prairie Creek Sioux Falls, SD

2006 SF Business Journal - Best of Sioux Falls Business Award Best Architecture Firm

2007 AIASD Merit Award Parker Block Sioux Falls, SD

2007 AIASD Merit Award Museum of Visual Materials Sioux Falls, SD

2001 Investors restore the final part of the 144-year old Beach Pay Building Sioux Falls, SD

2002 KH launches first official Newsletter to inform current and future clients.

2003 Argus Leader - Best in the Business Award Community Involvement

2003 AIASD Merit Award Performing Arts Center South Dakota State University Brookings, SD

2004 AIASD Honor Award Zion Lutheran Church Addition Sioux Falls, SD

2005 Argus Leader - Best in the Business Award Best Architecture Firm

2005 AIASD Honor Award Falls Overlook Café Sioux Falls, SD

2006 Uptown at Falls Park a $150M Development is to be completed over a 10-year period. Sioux Falls, SD

2006 AIASD Merit Award Courthouse Square Sioux Falls, SD

2006 Governor’s Award for History Historic Preservation

2007 AIASD Honor Award Technology Center Northern State University Aberdeen, SD

2011 2007 ASLA Merit Award Museum of Visual Materials Sioux Falls, SD

2007 Best of 50+ Housing Awards - Silver in “Common Area” The Lodge at Prairie Creek Sioux Falls, SD

2008 SF Business Journal - Best Commercial Project Built in the Past Year Cherapa Place Sioux Falls, SD

2008 AIASD Merit Award Orpheum Theater Complex Sioux Falls, SD

2009 AIASD Merit Award First Presbyterian Church Miller, SD

2008 Stone World Magazine Cover Story Cherapa Place Sioux Falls, SD

2009 SF Business Journal - Best of Sioux Falls Business Award Best Architecture Firm Sioux Falls, SD

2010 AIASD Honor Award Heartland Consumers Power District Headquarters Madison, SD

2010 SF Business Journal - Best of Sioux Falls Business Award Best Architecture Firm

2011 Sioux Falls Airport Terminal opens for business Sioux Falls, SD

2011 Koch Hazard begins planning for the ELGSS St. Martin Campus Rapid City, SD

2011 Sioux Falls Airport Concourse Expansion opens for business Sioux Falls, SD

2011 AIASD Merit Award The Prairie Commons Howard, SD

2007 SF Business Journal - Best of Sioux Falls Business Award Best Architecture Firm

2008 Plain Green 08 kicks off a collaboration with SDSU

2008 Learning by Design Awards Sullivan Health Science Center Sioux Falls, SD

2009 Learning by Design Outstanding Building Technology Center Northern State University Aberdeen, SD

2009 Cherapa Place becomes the first LEED Gold certified building in South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD

2009 Courthouse Square earns LEED Gold certification Sioux Falls, SD

2010 Museum of Visual Materials becomes the first LEED Platinum building in South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD

2010 AIASD Merit Award Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Sioux Falls, SD

2010 SDSU’s Department of Architecture is co-founded by Koch Hazard

2011 SDRMA Award Jackrabbit Village SDSU Brookings, SD

2011 Koch Hazard begins work on the National Music Museum Vermillion, SD

2011 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is rededicated at its new location Sioux Falls, SD

2011 AIASD Merit Award The Pomegranate Market Sioux Falls, SD

2007 Best of 50+ Housing Awards - Silver in “Overall Community” The Lodge at Prairie Creek Sioux Falls, SD

2008 The Sioux Falls Green Project receives widespread support

2008 AIASD Honor Award Kresge Building Sioux Falls, SD

2009 Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation Museum of Visual Materials Sioux Falls, SD

2008 SF Business Journal - Best of Sioux Falls Business Award Best Architecture Firm

2009 USD School of Medicine first state building to target LEED certification Vermillion, SD

2010 Heartland becomes the first LEED Platinum new building in South Dakota Madison, SD

2010 AIASD Merit Award Sammons Financial Group Sioux Falls, SD

2011 Koch Hazard begins work on the Raven Industries Master Plan Sioux Falls, SD

2011 Koch Hazard team wins the Sioux Falls Events Center Project Sioux Falls, SD

2011 Environmental Education Center expands its operations Sioux Falls, SD

2011 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement The Prairie Commons Howard, SD


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Mission Mission is the why of a building. It is the organizational purpose that generates the need for space.

Koch Hazard’s work exhibits an understanding that architecture must first serve mission. This means meeting the needs expressed or implied in an organization’s mission, vision and values as well as contributing to the success of an organization’s short and long-term strategies. It means knowing the organization, the people who will use the building and the community of which it will be a part. According to Jeff Hazard, “to understand and respond to each client’s mission, to create architecture that is missional, Koch Hazard listens, questions, researches, discusses and tests ideas.” For many Koch Hazard projects, the client organization’s mission is a primary form giver.

Memorial Middle School

M i s s io n Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls, SD Memorial Middle School is the first school in eastern South Dakota designed specifically for the needs of middle school students. Its two level academic wing is organized around a central street, along which are eight learning houses. A second wing, designed for after-hours community use, houses activities spaces. At the hub connecting the two wings is the cafetorium. Koch Hazard Architects partnered with HGA for this project.

Memorial Middle School is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award Winner.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, SD The Lodge at Prairie Creek’s two 35 unit residential wings are connected by a central commons with lobby, restaurant, library, theater, crafts and game rooms, exercise area and pool. The residential wings, with a mix of one and two bedroom units, offer central lounges with fireplaces, great natural light and views.

The Lodge at Prairie Creek, featured in the Design for Aging Review, is a Best of 50+ Housing award winner and recipient of an AIA South Dakota Merit Award.

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The Lodge at Prairie Creek

USD School of Medicine

Missi on University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD A central commons, joining east and west wings, made possible the continuous operation of the Medical School during its multi-phase, 4 years of construction on the footprint of its predecessor, the now demolished Lee Medicine & Science Hall. The commons is the school’s focal point – a large, multi-level open space where students and faculty interact to enhance learning.

The School of Medicine is the first LEED certified building to be constructed on a South Dakota university campus.

Family Wellness

Sioux Falls YMCA & Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD Family Wellness’ focal point is an elliptical, glass enclosed conditioning center. Arrayed around the conditioning center are a three-court gymnasium, two racquetball courts, an aerobics center, locker rooms, pool, administrative center and day care center. Circulation is efficiently concentrated in the central zone where the juxtaposition of the curved conditioning center with the orthogonal elements of the building creates spaces for member relaxation and interaction.

Family Wellness is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award Winner.

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SDSU Jackrabbit Village

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD Responding to evolving demand for student housing, these 408 new beds are organized as a village of student neighborhoods. Each neighborhood of 18 students shares a quiet study lounge, living room with a fireplace, small kitchen and library. All enjoy an expansive view of the campus. Arrayed along a village street, the new complex merges with existing dormitories to the east and the campus green to the west. Koch Hazard partnered with Treanor Architects for this project.

Jackrabbit Village is a South Dakota RMCA Award winner and an Outstanding design in the 2011 american school & University Architectural Portfolio.

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Mi s s i on Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD The Center for Western Studies embodies the character of the region and helps make history visible, accessible and inviting. Its form and materials pay homage to the cultural history, geography and geology of the prairie and its sequence of exterior and interior spaces represents a progression of historical eras, from the unpeopled prairie to the Native American to the period of European settlement.

The Center for Western Studies is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award Winner.

THE Center for Western Studies

Beakon Centre & pomegranate

Beakon Centre-pomegranate, Sioux Falls, SD Located at the prominent intersection of 57th and Louise, Beakon Centre features a tower with an illuminated blue glass beacon designed to create a distinctive, memorable identity. It’s covered walkways, plazas and native landscaping create an upscale experience for customers which extends into Pomegranate, the areas first all service natural foods market.

the pomegranate market is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award Winner.

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Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, SD A massive piece of locally quarried stone is the namesake hearth, anchoring and focusing a subtly interpreted main street with cafĂŠ, bank, wellness, general store, salon, library and chapel serving residents of the 32 one and two bedroom assisted living units. Use of the very tight site is optimized with a courtyard to bring generous natural light and warmth to the entire facility.


Karl Mundt Library

Missi on Dakota State University, Madison, SD Housing the permanent collection of prominent Senator Karl E. Mundt, the library is used extensively for research by scholars from around the country.

The Mundt Library is an Outstanding State-Funded Building of the Year award winner, an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner AND AIA SOUTH DAKOTA TWENTY-FIVE YEAR AWARDEE.

City of Sioux Falls, SD This concept for a new 12,000 seat events center is designed to give Sioux Falls the leading facility in the region. Designed with sustainability in mind, local materials such as quartzite and wheat board were extensively incorporated into the architecture. Koch Hazard partnered with Sink Combs Dethlefs for this project.

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All architecture reacts to its context. In some cases by thumbing its nose at it; in others, by respecting it. Koch Hazard believes a building should respect its context, enhance rather than detract from it, and use it as a source of design inspiration. Koch Hazard considers many facets of context in its design process - time, history, culture, geography, topography and materials.

Orpheum Theater Center


Context City of Sioux Falls, SD Since opening in 1913, the Orpheum Theater has hosted some of the region’s most memorable vaudeville, plays, concerts and other community events. The Orpheum Theater Center consists of three sections. The south section, formerly the “Rainbow Bar”, now houses the Anne Zabel Studio Theater, the City’s Channel 16 studios. The center section comprises front and back “Links” joining the two older buildings together to create a new lobby space, set space and a courtyard theater. The north section comprises of the restored and enhanced 660 seat Orpheum Theater as well as office and conference space.

The Orpheum Theater Center is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner.

Context Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD The addition to the Health Science Center is designed to house the health technology programs of STI and the nursing programs of University Center. The question of how to respectfully expand a building with a red, pyramid shaped roof was answered with a series of new roof pyramids of varying sizes and slopes which inject light into significant areas of the interior. Taking advantage of the building’s location along Interstate 29, the internally illuminated skylights act as beacons to the community.

The Health Science Center is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner.


STI Health Science Center

Sioux Falls Airport


Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority, Sioux Falls, SD

The reconstructed terminal of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport transforms ticketing and baggage handling with greatly improved flow patterns. A new drop off canopy is inspired by the trees of the great plains windbreaks and local rolling topography. The concourse design is anchored by a new restaurant on one end, and a rotunda at the other. The use of local materials ensures that this place could only be in Sioux Falls.

Falls Overlook Cafe



Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Sioux Falls, SD The jewel-like hydro electric plant built in 1908 is restored to become the centerpiece of Falls Park, transformed into an interpretive center and bistro. A curved, wood faced structure housing restrooms, storage and kitchen is inserted into the open interior of the building. Effects on the interior character of the original space are minimized while creating a vivid new backdrop for its new uses.

Falls Overlook Cafe is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award Winner.

The Dunham Company - Woods fuller shultz & smith law firm, Sioux Falls, SD The design of this state-of-the-art office building alludes to the gracious scale and proportions of neighboring historic buildings. Its base of limestone precast concrete echoes the rhythm of Phillips Avenue storefronts, while upper stories of red brick are punctuated with tall multi-pane windows. The first skywalk to cross a Sioux Falls street is a minimalist expression of its function.

Phillips Center is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner. The skywalk is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner.


Phillips Centre

First Presbyterian Church


Context First Presbyterian Church, Miller, SD First Presbyterian Church, built in 1928, needed a new fellowship space, kitchen and restrooms on the same floor as its sanctuary and a new accessible main entry incorporating a large elevator. The addition respects the beloved original church, expanding it in a natural, organic way. The new fellowship space is placed adjacent to the sanctuary where it can double as overflow space. Warm colors and wood bracket details are inspired by the character of the original building.

First Presbyterian Church is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award Winner.

Courthouse Square

US Attorney & Stencil Companies, Sioux Falls, SD Courthouse Square respects the scale of the U.S. Courthouse across the street and compliments the surrounding Downtown Historic District. Its two-story arcade of local stone echoes the tall, arched U.S. Courthouse windows. Its fifth story, set back and punctuated with gently curving dormers, respects the Courthouse’s height. Key green strategies include geothermal templification, displacement ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, daylighting, task lighting, low-emitting materials and indoor chemical and pollutant source control.

Courthouse Square is the second LEED Gold certified project in South Dakota and an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner.


St. Martin Campus

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Rapid City, SD The Good Samaritan St. Martin Senior Living Campus, the future home of as many as 532 Rapid City residents, is being sensitively planned on a beautiful 200 acre parcel of land. The St. Martin campus will offer a wide range of senior living options providing residents the opportunity to adjust their level of care and services to their needs. The campus features twin homes, senior apartments, assisted living apartments, skilled care and a retreat center. The surrounding campus includes a system of walking paths, a pond, and access to existing nature trails and mountain bike paths in the hills.


Fire Station 4

Context City of Sioux Falls, SD Fire Station No. 4 uses scale, detailing and materials to blend in with the surrounding residential neighborhood. The Apparatus Bay design is inspired by Central Firestation, Sioux Falls’ original fire fighting headquarters.


Northwest National Brookings, SD




The warmth of wood and stone reach out to and welcome customers from the nearby South Dakota State University campus.

Northwest Bank is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner.

Northwest National Bank


Sustainability has been defined as “meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.” USGBC’s LEED system rates the success of building designs in achieving sustainability. Koch Hazard has led the region in sustainable design as confirmed by its LEED record - two Platinum projects (including the first building and the first new building in South Dakota), three Gold, one Silver, one Certified, one LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Project; as well as several current projects in design development seeking LEED certification.

Cherapa Place

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sustainability CHERAPA PLACE, Sioux Falls, SD Situated on the east bank of the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls, this six story office building is designed with a two story base of local stone and a curved upper section oriented to maximize views of the river and Falls Park.

Cherapa Place is a high performance building, the first in south dakota to achieve leed gold certification from the united states green building council (usgbc).

THE prairie commons

THE RURAL LEARNING CENTER, HOWARD, SD Phase 1 of the Prairie Commons is a major expansion of the organization’s existing facility, serving and enhancing its mission with new conference and training rooms, a community kitchen, lodging space and flexible offices for business incubation. Cutting edge sustainable technologies and materials are integrated throughout, with interactive displays providing real-time system performance data. Visitors are welcomed by a new public plaza and are invited to use a series of outdoor spaces, green roofs, and community gardens.

The prairie commons is targeting LEED Platinum certification, is an aia south dakota merit award winner AND RECEIVED AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY NATIONAL AWARD FOR SMART GROWTH ACHIEVEMENT IN THE RURAL SMART GROWTH CATEGORY.



sustainability HEARTLAND CONSUMERS POWER DISTRICT, mADISON, SD The new headquarters building for Heartland Consumers Power District embodies the utility provider’s mission to encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency. The compact plan curves around a natural rise, carefully sited to maximize visibility and take advantage of daylighting. Simple finishes reflect the industrial character of Heartland’s work, while contributing to lower operational and maintenance costs. Photovoltaic panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system and native landscaping also demonstrate Heartland’s comprehensive commitment to sustainability.

Heartland is South Dakota’s first newly constructed LEED Platinum Building, and is an AIA South dakota Honor Award winner.

Uptown at Falls Park




sustainability UPTOWN AT FALLS PARK, LLC, SIOUX FALLS, SD Uptown at Falls Park features over 400 new residential units, 100,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and office space, sites for hotels and a media center. The diverse development is knit together with a dynamic pedestrian environment, featuring a variety of plazas, festival streets and regional landscape features.

Uptown is the region’s only LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot project participant and it is LEED ND Silver certified.


MUSEUM OF VISUAL MATERIALS / ROSE FAITHE, SIOUX FALLS, SD Originally the home of Consolidated Tank Line, this native quartzite structure built in the 1880’s had been abused and abandoned. Restored to house the Museum of Visual Materials, an interactive learning facility, it features functional yet flexible display and gathering spaces with refurbished hardwood floors and custom display furniture using “found” materials.

The Museum of Visual Materials is South Dakota’s first LEED Platinum building and an AIA South dakota Merit Award winner.

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sustainability KRESGE BUILDING, LLC/THE MCGOWAN GROUP SIOUX FALLS, SD The Kresge Building was built in 1928 and expanded in 1941. Its original Phillips Avenue façade and 1st floor interior had been significantly modified in the 1980’s and its second floor had been vacant for nearly 30 years. This project restores the Phillips Avenue and 10th Street facades, adds an elevator and fully rehabilitates all of the interior spaces.

The Kresge Building Restoration is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award Winner.





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sustainability City of SIOUX FALLS, SD Koch Hazard has played an important role in the restoration of downtown Sioux Falls, helping reenergize it to its current vitality. Projects include the 1899/1909 Jewett Brothers and Jewett Warehouse, the 1905/1908 Southwestern Block and Annex, the 1887 Peck Norton Murray Block (now 122 Phillips Center), the 1927 State Theater faรงade, the Carpenter Hotel faรงade, the Dakota Moline Plow Company (now Larson Square), Howe Building, Tuthill Lumber Company (now DeWitt Designs) and the Illinois Central Depot.

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City of SIOUX FALLS, SD Simple, and buildable at a cost of $100,000, ARCH is affordable. Its modular layout, frame and panel componentization and off-the-shelf parts reduce the costs and make it replicable. ARCH’s A COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY compact design will fit many otherwise unbuildable (inexpensive) lots,atfurther enhancing Simple, and buildable a cost of $100,000, ARCH isthe affordable. Its modular frame platinum and panel componentization, off-the-shelf parts reduce affordability of this house. Designed to achieve LEED forlayout, Homes certification,andARCH material and labor costs and make it replicable. ARCH’s compact design incorporates green features ranging from optimal solarwillorientation, synergistic landscaping, t many otherwise unbuildable (inexpensive) lots, further enhancing the natural ventilation, water conserving fixtures and energy efficient and appliances. More affordabilitysystems of this house. than shelter, ARCH is an extension of the community’s and owner’s desires to do good, while For ARCH, replication need not mean duplication. Its kit-of-parts approach creating a dynamic response to the environment. encourages assembly of its components in a variety of ways, using a range


of nish materials and colors to efciently and effectively customize each new home. ARCH also offers opportunity for further home improvement, adding a garage, porch or loft, for example.


ARCH features the elements that make a house a great place to live. It is functional, a place for everything, yet exible; accommodating diverse and evolving uses. It is durable, easily maintainable and weather resistant yet, most importantly, lled with delight. It’s exciting, provocative look, composed of contextual shapes built of regional materials, develops a strong relationship with its site. Abundant natural light, views and a variety of indoor/outdoor connections uplift its residents. ARCH’s linear design also provides for privacy by separating distinct activity areas along its gallery.

SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSALITY ARCH welcomes all potential owners with universal accessibility; supportive of varying ability without appearing ‘different’. Designed to achieve LEED for Homes platinum certication, ARCH incorporates green features ranging from optimal solar orientation, synergistic landscape and natural ventilation, to water conserving xtures and energy efcient systems and appliances. More than shelter, ARCH is an extension of its community’s and owner’s desires to do good and a dynamic response to its environment.

INNOVATION IN DESIGN: 7 Integrated Project Planning Durability Management Process Innovative Regional Design Site Selection Preferred Location Existing Infrastructure Community Resources Access to Open Space

SUSTAINABLE SITES: 13 Site Stewardship Sustainable Landscaping Surface Water Management Nontoxic Pest Control Compact Development




WATER EFFICIENCY: 4 Water Reuse No Irrigation Efcient Indoor Water Use

ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE: 19 Optimize Energy Performance Increased Insulation Reduced Air Inltration Exceptional Windows Heating and Cooling Dist. System Efciency Efcient Water Heating Improved Lighting Efcient Appliances Renewable Energy Systems

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES: 14 Material Efcient Framing Environmentally Preferable Products Waste Management

INDOOR QUALITY: 16 Energy Star Local Exhaust Outdoor Air Ventilation Distributions of Space Heating and Cooling Air Filtering Contaminant Control





LEED TOTAL: 83 PTS 80 Pts for LEED Platinum Due to House Size Adjustor



SAMMONS FINANCIAL GROUP, SIOUX FALLS, SD The focal point of this two-story office building is its linear atrium. The design incorporates geothermal energy, under floor air and electrical distribution, radiant heating and cooling, along with an open structural grid to maximize flexibility. The landscape includes ponds, plazas, walking paths and native plantings.

Sammons Financial is an AIA South dakota Merit Award winner.




sustainability CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD

The Environmental Education Center embodies the mission of the city’s Leading Green Initiative to implement solutions to environmental, social, and economic concerns including energy consumption and air quality, managing land use, increasing recycling, and conserving water. Tracked to be the first LEED Certified city owned building in Sioux Falls, the facility takes advantage of a simple efficient floor plan and features interesting ways to use inexpensive, common, and reused/recycled materials including tires, OSB panels, wheat board panels, and corrugated metal. A geothermal heating and cooling system and native landscaping also demonstrate the City’s passion for sustainability.

The environmental education center is targeting LEED silver certification.


Transformation can refer to the physical transformation of a building, perhaps in ways not anticipated, or it can refer to the impact of a building on the people who use it or on the neighborhood or community of which it is a part. Koch Hazard has exhibited the ability to transform places, in sometimes surprising ways.



Sited at one end of the formal campus quadrangle, the Technology Center is designed to provide both literal and missional focus for the University. It supports and enhances learning with ‘smart’ classrooms, technology fellow and faculty offices, student technology support and computer repair facilities, broadcast and recording studios, laboratories, testing rooms and software support areas. Interior classrooms and offices receive daylight and privacy from ribbon-like glass high in the feature wall adjacent to the corridor and glass curtain wall.

The Technology Center is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner.



CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science transforms historic Washington High School to house three cultural entities. The Husby Performing Arts Center, at the core of the building, includes the 1800-seat Great Hall, 300-seat Belbas Theater and a multipurpose hall. The Visual Arts Center, in the building’s 1906 north wing, features five major galleries. The Kirby Science Discovery Center, in the 1917 south wing, also includes the Wells Fargo CineDome, a new large format domed theater. A four-story lobby, in the 1934 east wing, is organized around two fifty-foot high light filled atria.

The Pavilion has transformed the cultural life of the community and has received an AIA South Dakota Merit Award.





TRANSFORMATION national music museum, vermillion, sd

The new structure’s color pallet harmonizes with the two historic structures it connects, but it is fundamentally different in character. The existing buildings are solid, dignified, rich in detail, but essentially static in the way they present themselves to viewers over the course of a day. The link is simpler in surface detail, but more complex in volume, and more fluid in the sense that the building changes in appearance as one moves around it as lighting changes or clouds move across the sky. As day turns to dusk, light from within the building makes certain parts of the volume more transparent as other parts remain opaque. In the sense that the building changes with time or movement, it has a certain analogy to music. Koch Hazard partnered with design Architects Schwartz/Silver for this project.


TRANSFORMATION City of sioux falls, sd

This reworking of a 1949 ranch style home in a central neighborhood establishes strong links between house, site and community. Extensive transparency, reinforced by lighting, visually connects interior and exterior spaces. New and recycled local materials – quartzite from local quarries and salvaged from downtown streets and slate salvaged from local high schools - anchor the home to the site and to the history of the community. Other concepts include: overlaying an organizing system of horizontal lines, using natural and “found” materials, and creating a variety of great places for favorite activities.

18 Riverview Heights is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner.

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TRANSFORMATION ywca, sioux falls, sd

The YWCA asked Koch Hazard Architects to prepare a master plan for its downtown Sioux Falls facility to show how it could best accommodate the organization’s expanding and evolving program. The activities wing with its gym, pool and lockers had not been touched since it was built and the vacated women’s residence wing had been only partially converted to house a childcare center. Low cost, high impact exterior improvements make the building more welcoming and better represent the YWCA and its mission of service to women and children.

The YWCA is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award Winner.

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falls center, inc., sioux falls, sd Jewett Brothers and Jewett Wholesale Grocers built their warehouse in 1899. The building is renovated and restored by Koch Hazard Architects to accommodate a variety of office and retail space, including Koch Hazard Architect’s offices located on the second floor.

Falls Center is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award and a Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation winner.


BROOKINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT, BROOKINGS, SD The expansion of Brookings High School includes a new commons/cafeteria and kitchen/servery organized in a radial pattern. Large windows allow abundant natural light to saturate the space. Renovated are the existing auditorium, administration and guidance areas. The former cafeteria becomes a shop and a green room for the auditorium. The main corridor embraces a main street theme, allowing each of the adjacent spaces to have its own identity and to be easily identifiable along the “street”.



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NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY, ABERDEEN, SD The Student Center and Library expansions and reconfigurations strengthen NSU’s campus image. They integrate formerly disconnected floor levels and unify the disparate architecture of several additions to create a welcoming new front door to the campus.

The Student Center is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner. Beulah Williams Library is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner.





Originally designed by Wallace Dow and constructed in 1889, the Parker Block had been vacant for nearly 20 years and neglected far longer before this dramatic rehabilitation. All work was performed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of historic structures. Due to heavy water damage, all plaster and lathe was removed, revealing large interior windows designed to take advantage of the abundant natural light from the large skylight. New mechanical and electrical systems were carefully concealed within the building’s structure, allowing for unaltered ceilings and soffits on the two upper levels.

The Parker Block is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner.


CITY OF SIOUX FALLS PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, SIOUX FALLS, SD The 1888 barn was originally constructed in East Sioux Falls. When the community was abandoned the Barn was moved to its current location near the quarries on the east side of Sioux Falls. As agricultural use was discontinued at the site, the Barn fell into disrepair. The Barn’s design is unique in that the front façade was extended with a false “storefront” for commercial use as a stagecoach stop. Complete restoration of the exterior was accomplished using original historic components as a guide for reproduction of new materials where required. The interior is preserved in its original condition with all of the materials and interior spaces left exactly as constructed in 1888.

The 1888 Barn restoration is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner.


1888 BARN


Architecture should inspire, stir the spirit, elevate expectation, stimulate the mind and encourage exploration. Architecture can inspire using space, light, form, or symbolism for example. Inspiration is not always conscious. Sometimes it is simply a comfortable sense of well being.


STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA, PIERRE, SD This restoration of the extensively altered State Capitol was implemented in multiple phases as funds were appropriated over a fourteen year period. Painstaking research was required to uncover original colors and designs for all of the Capitol’s unique features including interior marble, scagliola, murals, stencils, light fixtures, floors, carpeting, woodwork, furnishings and exterior stone.

The South Dakota State Capitol Building Restoration is an AIA South Dakota Honor Award winner.



Culminating 25 years of planning, this expansion doubles the original 1959 church’s size. Additions included a new 850-seat Celebrate Center, a gym, education center, youth and office areas, all organized around a new entry and gathering place. An extension of the original parish design concept ties together the key existing and new masses, creating a composition that is respectful of the original church, while seamlessly updating it to meet current needs.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is an AIA South Dakota Merit Award winner.


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN CHURCH, SIOUX FALLS, SD Located on 39 acres in Southeast Sioux Falls, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church serves a congregation of 2,000 members. The church includes an 850-seat Sanctuary expandable to 1,300. A central commons and a linear gallery provide access to chapel, fellowship, cafĂŠ, library, administration, classrooms, youth and gym spaces.





Sensitively expanding a beautiful 1953 church, a dramatic new fellowship space links the existing sanctuary and a renovated former parish hall. The addition steps up in glass and stone-like precast panels from the low parish hall to the high sanctuary. Transparent yet warm, a welcoming new image is created for an established congregation ready to grow.

Zion Lutheran Church is an AIA SOUTH DAKOTA Honor Award winner.



CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY, SIOUX FALLS, SD Koch Hazard Architects began work on the master plan for the Children’s Home Society Campus in 1981 when the present site was acquired, and has updated it periodically as buildings have been added and new needs identified. Buildings on the campus, all designed by Koch Hazard, include a residence, dining facility, school, maintenance facility and administrative facility. Situated on a knoll overlooking a pond, the campus provides a secure, home-like environment for children.


SOUTH DAKOTA GAME FISH & PARKS, SIOUX FALLS, SD The Outdoor Campus is designed as a gateway, leading the visitor from the parking area through introductory interpretive exhibits to the 100.6 acres of outdoor learning areas beyond. Natural materials, shapes and massing help tie the building to the landscape. Exterior-interior continuity is enhanced through the use of exposed aggregate paving, wood columns and a canopy of trusses alluding to an arbor of trees.

The Outdoor Campus is an AIA SOUTH DAKOTA Honor Award winner.




UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SIOUX FALLS, SD A 24,000 s.f. renovation, primarily to update building systems, and a two-story 13,400 s.f. addition to house a general biology lab, bio-research lab, a nursing lab, general classrooms and faculty offices, share a new multiuse lobby space. The addition creates more prominent entries and dramatically increases natural light and views by rethinking original design features.





The Owner had a very limited budget and the new parish priest had brought with him a bell from Fall River, Massachusetts which, at the time, was the largest bell in South Dakota. So a free-standing bell tower became a focal point of a unique and inspirational church design appropriate to a small community. The interior uses concrete block in four inch wide pieces placed in a random, vertical pattern on three different planes, interspersed with stained glass. Two large stained glass windows on the east and south help fill the interior with multi-colored light.


The Jeff Fox Information Technology Center is designed to bring life to a once unused but prominent corner of campus. Faculty, classroom, computer laboratory and seminar environments are the core of the building. A two-story perimeter circulation atrium allows daylight and views to be enjoyed in each space. A cyber cafĂŠ and green roof serve as welcoming public gathering spaces. Quartzite and limestone tie the design to the historic architecture of the campus, while glass and steel provide a contemporary balance to the overall material palette.



SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, BROOKINGS, SD The Performing Arts Center is a joint project of the university and the community of Brookings. Phase I of the Center includes a 1,000-seat Concert Hall and a 180-seat Studio Theater. Phase II will add a 450-seat proscenium theater, as well as offices and support areas of the Departments for Music and Theater of the School of Fine Arts.

The SDSU Performing Arts Center is an AIA SOUTH DAKOTA Honor Award winner.



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Plain Green Conference & Marketplace was founded in 2008 by Koch Hazard Architects and South Dakota State University, and was donated to the Sioux Falls Green Project. Plain Green is where innovators and change-makers gather to learn and connect around green ideas in design, healthcare, education and business. In its first four years, Plain Green has hosted world renowned speakers including Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity, and Mitchell Joachim, a leader in ecological design and urbanism; assembled a marketplace featuring green products and organized workshops focusing in on permiculture, smart planning, the LEED rating system, green fashion, climate legislation, green energy, stormwater management, local foods, urban agriculture, straw bale construction, and green business.


BRIGHTGREENRESEARCH.ORG Chartreuse Research was founded in 2009 by Koch Hazard Architects. Chartreuse is an online research resource for design professionals, developers, homeowners, and other green initiatives providing information on material concepts, regionally available products, case studies, and local events; a community resource providing advocacy and outreach; and an educational resource for community learners and students through hands-on workshops and seminars. Chartreuse, with the Sioux Falls Chapter of Architecture for Humanity and the Sioux Falls Seminary, organized the construction of a straw bale shed at Summit House. The small building was completed as a hands-on building workshop and community service project during Plain Green 10 and will eventually operate as a Tool Lending Library for the residents of the Pettigrew Heights Neighborhood for simple home maintenance and repair.

sioux falls green project

The Sioux Falls Green Project’s mission is to create a movement in Sioux Falls to educate and inspire our community to build a greener future in the areas of recycling, water conservation, energy consumption and development. Koch Hazard is a Green Project cofounder. The Green Project is promoting greener lifestyles through research that establishes measurable goals and gauges success; generating community awareness with outreach and public events such as Sioux Falls Green Drinks, Trash Talkers, and the Plain Green Conference & Marketplace; providing education with e-newsletters, programs, and tools; and reporting successes.

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In late 2009, a local Sioux Falls chapter of Architecture for Humanity was formed by a small team of young design professionals. The chapter is committed to making a positive impact on the Sioux Falls community with innovative and sustainable design, education, and public service. Koch Hazard staff has been involved, from the beginning, with local AFH projects and volunteer activities including competing in the 2010 AFH Sioux Falls Affordable Housing Competition. Stacey McMahan, a local AFH Sioux Falls volunteer and Principal and Green Studio Director at Koch Hazard, was granted a Sustainable Design Fellowship to lead AFH’s sustainable rebuilding efforts in Haiti. The fellowship was sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Architecture for Humanity (AFH). Design South Dakota, sponsored by AIA South Dakota and the Rural Learning Center, is a new way to help rural communities create a better future by design. Community charrettes have been conducted in several communities on both sides of the Missouri River including Corsica, Sisseton, Deuel County, and Hill City, South Dakota. Many KH design professionals have volunteered their time in these design:SD communities.


Idea Exchange was developed in collaboration with Main Street Sioux Falls as a forum for discussion of ideas for improving downtowns. The first Idea Exchange brought over 150 regional business and development leaders together to discuss downtown development. Keynote speaker, Dave Feehan, president of the International Downtown Association told the group that Sioux Falls is on the right track. “Sioux Falls has a unique downtown and public art program,� noted Feehan. He said that the Sidewalk Arts festival and Sculpture Walk are examples of a key ingredient needed to attract downtown crowds. For the 2007 Idea Exchange, Koch Hazard created Downtown Vision 2020, a 3-D graphic model of downtown Sioux Falls as a tool to show how current development trends, planning principles and market demand inspire a vision of downtown in 2020 that includes 10,000 residents and 15,000 jobs, together with greatly expanded cultural and entertainment opportunities.


Since occupying the space (an 1899 former wholesale grocery warehouse) in 1993, Gallery KH has featured the work of over 30 artists. Koch Hazard throws a lively party for each opening, complete with live jazz and great food and drink. The work stays up for six weeks, to be viewed by staff, clients and the public. Proceeds of any art purchases go 100% to the artist.


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At KH’s Tech Forum, technical and process issues are examined over pizza, in the pursuit of constant quality improvement. Revit, estimating, detailing, project coordination and scheduling are common topics. Any leftover time is spent playing our own version of Pictionary using LEED vocabulary to build our green dexterity. KH Academy brings local and regional thought leaders to the office to speak on a broad range of topics, including design, acoustics, sustainability, landscape architecture, art and architectural practice issues. The group also tours area projects in progress. Tuesdays at 5:00, the office gathers over refreshments for Design Kitchen to review designs in progress, scrutinize photo surveys for lessons and material reuse opportunities, to view design travelogues and to discuss and refine our continually evolving design philosophy.



The place where the Koch Hazard team does its work is significant. Designed for community engagement, collaboration and access to information, it has provided the right physical environment for learning, teamwork and creativity.

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