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  Great Plains Regional Office Building, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Page 24Great Plains Regional Office Building, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Foss Associates, Architecture & Interiors 
606 First Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102

Bismarck, North Dakoda
Total Square Feet: 21,800
Construction Period: Sept 1999 to Oct 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: Professional Contractors, Inc. - 1131 Airport Rd., Bismarck, ND 58504
Structural Engineer: Doug Loos Engineering - PO Box 2395, Bismarck, ND 58502
Electrical Engineer: Ulteig Engineers, Inc. - 1701 12th Street South, Bismarck, ND 58504
Mechanical Engineer: Prairie Engineering PC - 909 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58504
Landscape Architect: Hanson Design Associates - 1001 Westrac Dr., Fargo, ND 58103
Cost Estimator: Foss Associates, Architecture & Interiors - 606 First Ave. North, Fargo, ND 58102

The Great Plains Regional Office Building is sited on a dramatically sloped piece of property overlooking the Missouri River. In keeping with Ducks Unlimited's position as a leader in wetland conservation, the building is sited in harmony with the natural setting. By following existing contours and strategically locating the parking lot, a minimum amount of grading disturbed the existing topography. Landscaping consists of native prairie grasses and indigenous trees and bushes.

The primary function is an office building for engineers, biologists, agronomists, and a map maker in support of their eight-state conservation efforts. In addition, the building serves as an education and exhibit center to introduce the public to the Ducks Unlimited's mission. Therefore it includes exhibits and a 100-seat multipurpose classroom/conference room. The lobby is larger than usual for an office building this size. It serves as a pre-function space to the classroom/conference room and also as a gallery for wildlife art and the beautiful color maps that Ducks Unlimited produces for its wetland restoration projects.

The design incorporates a number of energy conserving features such as proper solar orientation and deep overhangs to protect the extensive glazing from overheating. All work spaces have access to day lighting, often from multiple sources, with no work stations located more than 25 feet from the windows. Other features include earth sheltering, geothermal source heat pump heating and cooling, and high insulation values in roofs, walls and glazing.

Special care was given to the design of the roofscape. Many new homes have recently been constructed on the hills surrounding the site, giving them a view of the building from above. A dark green standing seam roof and buff colored rock face concrete masonry walls echo the colors of the natural grasslands and visually integrate the building into the landscape.

The structural system is steel frame with bar joists supporting the second floor slabs. The roof is framed with laminated wood beams and deck, which are left exposed for aesthetic reasons.

The mechanical ductwork and pipe runs are consolidated into a spine that runs the length of the building. The result of this is no exposed ducts or pipes, which was a strong owner mandate.

Exterior Walls - Fiberglass Insulation: Certainteed; Sealant & Caulking: Tremco, Dow, Owens Corning; Prefaced Concrete Block: Spectra-Glaze; Glass & Glazing: HGP; Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: Steelcraft; Aluminum Doors & Frames: Kawneer; Overhead Doors: Raynor; Automatic Openers: Besam; Louvers: Airolite; Retaining Wall: VERSA-LOK.
Roof - Metal: Petersen Aluminum; Copper: Vincent Metal; Insulation: Atlas, Dow; Elastomeric Sheet: Carlisle SynTec; Roof Deck: Vulcraft.
Floors - Ceramic Floor Tile: Lone Star Ceramics; Carpet: Bigelow, Dimension; Grout: TEC Inc., an H.B. Fuller company; VCT: Armstrong; Base: Johnsonite.
Interior Walls - Gypsum Board: Georgia Pacific; Sanitary Wall Paneling: Sequentia StructoGlas FRP; Acoustical Suspension Systems: Chicago Metallic; Wood Doors, Eggers; Steel Joists: Vulcraft; Locksets: Schlage; Exit Devices: Von Duprin; Acoustical Ceilings: USG Interiors.
Elevators - Thyssen Dover.

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