DSGW

Personalizing Architecture

We specialize in hand-crafting healthcare, education,
commercial, and indigenous architecture.

Enriching Communities Through Healthcare Architecture Indigenous Architecture Education Architecture Commercial Architecture Sustainable Design Housing Workplace Design Civic Architecture Interior Design

After 84 years, we still believe that no matter where you live and work, every community deserves great architecture. The best buildings reflect the character of a region whether its in a rural or urban area. We excel at collaborating, listening and designing for you.

Recent Projects

Welia Health

Healthcare
As a leading provider of rural healthcare services in East-Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, Wealia Health is known for their approach to care. Their personalized attention along with a wellness focus and deep sense of community helped to build their facility that will serve individuals and families for years to come.

MHA Nation Cultural Interpretive Center

Indigenous, Civic
DSGW has a culturally conceived engagement process that fosters two-way learning and discussion to create our Indigenous designs. This results in lessons, imagery and concepts that are immersed in culture and inform design decisions. Resiliency was key in bringing the MHA Interpretive Center to life.

Community School of Excellence

Education
The Community School of Excellence incorporates the Hmong culture both through exterior design elements and interior design finishes. This new state-of-the-art Pre-K thru 8th grade immersion charter school ties the cultural components to the schools mission statement and teaching philosophy.

Personalized Architecture: DSGW's Core Philosophies

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DESIGN FOR WELLNESS

Our design process creates spaces that integrate health and wellbeing into every project — whether new construction or remodeling your office space.

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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Green design creates calming and healthy environments that elevate the daily lives of employees and visitors.

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RESEARCH BASED ARCHITECTURE

We base our designs off of credible research and our own key-learnings in an effort to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our Values​

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INTENTIONAL DESIGN

DSGW's Approach

DSGW provides clarity through our immersive 7 step planning process which helps create an informed decision making environment between our clients.

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Personalized Architecture: Understanding Places and People

DSGW’s design is personalized to culture and place—whether for a tribal clinic in the Dakotas or a visionary new high school and career academy. We value connection to people and places—to the regional economies and cultural histories of the clients that we serve.

DSGW brings state-of-the-art planning, design, and architecture to our clients with a unique focus on local history and culturewhether for a corporate client or a regional hospital system.

We hold these values because our firm originated in a small community with deep ties to the land and its resources. Our founders knew many of their clients personally. Today, we come to know our clients and their communities too—especially after years of collaboration with them,

This local knowledge and listening can make all the difference in building support for a community referendum or in reaching out to all stakeholder groups—including people who never thought their input mattered.

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“Community of Peace Academy was a particularly complex project given its urban location and space limitations. DSGW listened to our wants and needs, proactively anticipated challenges and offered creative, functional solutions.” – Cara Quinn, former Executive Director, Community of Peace Academy

Projects Under Design

Spero Academy

Education
Spero Academy is a tuition-free public charter school providing personalized and adaptive education to support students with various disabilities. A new 3-level campus is being constructed in Brooklyn Park to meet the needs of more metro area students.

White Shield Veterans Center

Indigenous, Civic
The White Shield Veterans Center provides the North Segment White Shield Tribal Community with a space for gathering and ceremony, to remember and celebrate those that gave so much for their People and Country and to remind future generations of those that served before them.

Riverwood Healthcare Center

Healthcare
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John Gerzina, Principal

“Whether my work is for an office, resort, transportation facility or school, I spend time with the people who will use the building so that I have a direct understanding of how the building design will best serve the users.”

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“Whether my work is for an office, resort, transportation facility or school, I spend time with the people who will use the building so that I have a direct understanding of how the building design will best serve the users.”

Michael Laverdure, Indigenous Principal, DSGW Architects

Indigenous Design, Inspired by Native American History

MHA INTERPRETIVE CENTER | NEW TOWN, ND

The MHA Interpretive Center tells a story of resilience between three affiliated tribes; Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations. The facility uses living history programs to share the story of the Great MHA Nation and the design was created in a circular nature to mimic a traditional earth lodge structure. The circular central commons area of the building is meant for flexible use while the ancillary spaces around the perimeter can be used for meetings, ceremonies and demonstrations. DSGW has a culturally conceived engagement process that fosters two-way learning and discussion. This results in lessons, imagery and concepts that are immersed in culture and inform design decisions.

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DSGW Interpretive Center

Space Planning and Facility Programming

This is where DSGW gets to practice our craft. Our approach is simple; plan your work your plan. Our DSGW team will explore the best possible use of the building and how the space can influence the user of the building. Together, we will build consensus between stakeholders and make sure your building meets your budget and function requirements.

Blending History with Modern Convenience and Amenities

CENTRAL FLATS | SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN

Central Flats blends the best of historic Superior with modern convenience and amenities. This new mixed-use development features micro, alcove, one, two and three bedroom apartments, an Entertaining Suite for residents to hold conferences or gatherings, a library and fitness room. Outside, residents can enjoy games and socializing at one of the three amenity decks.

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Sustainable Design Architecture

FOUR WINDS ALTERNATIVE AND CTE HIGH SCHOOL | FORT TOTTEN, NORTH DAKOTA

Sustainability means that your building is built to perform, not simply to say “we’re green”. It isn’t a new concept to DSGW, it’s a concept we’ve layered into our architectural design, no matter the budget. Many of our clients state we designed a building they never thought possible–daylight, green design, calming environments all while reducing energy costs and the carbon footprint.

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We are makers of the built environment – and we want that environment to be healthy.

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We are passionate about wellness-informed design.

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You are driven, creative and collaborative. So are we. Let’s work together!

“We're given a lot of freedom to work on projects, but when I need help, there are so many experts on staff, we are able to solve problems quickly.”

- Chris Kroeger, DSGW Designer & Project Manager

No great design springs from one individual. It takes an entire team, united behind something big. At DSGW we think globally, stand outside the box and help our communities grow through thoughtful design. Join our team by checking out our career opportunities.

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