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 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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“Throughout the planning, design, and construction for the Red Lake Capitol project, DSGW was great to work with. While developing the program for the College and Government Center, DSGW facilitated user group meeting with Tribal departments that occupy the new buildings. We were impressed by their ability to analyze the information and offer multiple solutions to the challenges at hand. We truly enjoy working with DSGW. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and overall team approach.”

– Eugene McArthur, former Director of Development, Red Lake Nation

Projects Under Design

Spero Academy

Education
Spero Academy is a highly specialized, tuition-free public charter school, providing personalized and adaptive education to support students with various disabilities. A new Spero Academy 3-level campus is being constructed in Brooklyn Park to meet the needs of a growing student population for the surrounding communities.

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
The expanded Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minnesota will allow for an increased volume of patients and provide additional staff spaces to accommodate the region’s growing need.
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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.”

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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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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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DSGW News

DSGW is Proud to Become One of Only 173 Organizations Across the Nation to Participate in ILFI’s JUST Program

On April 1st, 2022, DSGW became one of only a handful of Architecture Firms to participate in the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) JUST Program.

DSGW is committed to equitable practices, supporting the many aspects of wellbeing for our employees, and building positive relationships within our community. The JUST process has helped shape and hone this commitment. As of August 2022 DSGW is one of only 173 organizations that participate in the JUST Program across the United States.

Just is a “nutrition label” for socially just and equitable organizations. As a voluntary disclosure tool for organizations rather than a certification program, it is a transparency platform for organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments.

DSGW at a Glance

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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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What it’s like to work with DSGW

Many firms will tell you they listen. But there’s more to it than that. Our DSGW team takes the time to understand, to interpret what we’ve heard from your community and stakeholders, and apply our design sensibility to it. We don’t just listen and do; we seek to know your community, demographics and operational challenges as if they were our own.

To us, architecture should enhance and enrich a community; not override it. The best buildings reflect the character of a region, whether it’s critical access care in the rural midwest or urban dwellings. Great architecture instills a sense of pride into those who live and work there.

With every project, our goal is to make sense of complexity so your job gets easier. DSGW provides clarity through planning and programming instead of introducing more challenges later on in design. If we do our job right, our design will answer the questions that haven’t been asked yet.

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