AIA SD Firm Feature

EAPC Architects Engineers

Please provide an overview of your firm.

We are a multi-disciplinary, design consulting firm of 54 years specializing in architecture, engineering, construction management, industrial, commissioning, and entitlement services. EAPC focuses on creating functional, efficient, and beautiful structures and spaces that stimulate the senses and enrich the experience of the user. Located in 10 cities within five states (ND, SD, MN, CO, AZ), and powered by over 120 design experts across the country, we value our client relationships and work to earn trust and friendships that last well beyond a completed project.

What is the role of architects at your organization, and what should people know about them?

EAPC architects lead and develop projects with our clients from early concept through design development. As we provide all disciplines in-house except for civil engineering, our architects work directly with our engineering, interiors, and construction management teams to provide a seamless and efficient workflow straight through to project completion. EAPC currently has 18 registered architects on staff (several of which are LEED Accredited Professionals), four associate architects, and numerous architectural designers. We teach and engage all of our staff in Business Development.

What type of projects does your organization focus on?

Our primary focus is Healthcare, K12 Education, Higher Education, Mixed-Use, Civic, Multifamily Housing, and high-end Self-Storage. We also provide entitlement services that include processing land development cases for rezoning properties and obtaining special permits. EAPC has provided entitlement services for several new greenfield sites, expansion, and renovation projects that required special design and site approvals from local jurisdictions. We have helped entitle developments throughout the west coast, southwest, and east coast regions.

Share some notable projects.

The SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center located in Brookings is a new 120,000 SF state of the art facility, and a first of its kind in the nation to combine many related fields of agricultural studies and provide hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation of precision ag innovators. The program includes over 35,000 SF of wet laboratories and 26,000 SF of industrial high bay research and teaching space.

SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center (Brookings, SD)

The corner of 10th Street & Phillips Avenue anchors the northern end of Sioux Falls vibrant downtown corridor where shops and eateries line both sides of Phillips Avenue. Lewis Drug, Sanford, and Pave bar provide a 20,000 SF mixed-use offering with essential support services and a fun and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family.

Lewis Drug, Sanford, and Pave Bar (Sioux Falls, SD)

The SDSU Stanley J Marshall Center Addition and Renovations is a multi-phased project involving complete interior and exterior renovation of approximately 105,000 SF and adding up to 125,000 SF of new programming spaces for the multi-use arena. The project will address practice facilities and a home team “game day” experience for the basketball, volleyball and wrestling programs.

SDSU Stanley J Marshall Center Addition and Renovations (Brookings, SD)

Describe the culture of your firm/organization.

The EAPC Vision: We will ensure a stable, supportive, and quality firm who is respected, committed, and trusted in its operations. We will inspire a workforce that is proud, confident, and enjoys a sense of ongoing opportunity.

EAPC is focused on nurturing a healthy culture for its employees and part of making sure that we as leaders are continuously attentive to this mission is to welcome honest feedback via an annual employee survey. Through this survey, the collective results have described our culture with these words: family, supportive, flexible, community, team, collaboration, growth, relaxed, and trust. EAPC has programs in place for onboarding, professional development, mentorship, community engagement, and internal social activities.

Describe the history of your firm/organization.

EAPC (Engineers-Architects Professional Corporation) was established in 1967 in Grand Forks, ND as an engineering consulting firm. In 1978 our Architectural Division began, followed by an Industrial Services Division in 1995. Three years later EAPC added another division offering Wind Energy Services. EAPC’s growth over the last 54 years has included acquiring firms in cities around the region such as Haack Engineering in Bemidji, MN and AWBW Architects in Bismarck, ND. Throughout the last half century, EAPC has expanded its presence to 10 cities including Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Williston, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; Bemidji and St. Paul, MN, Fort Collins, CO; and Phoenix, AZ. What started out as a small engineering firm over a half century ago, is now a full-service firm of 120+ offering architecture, interior design, construction management, industrial, commissioning, and site entitlement services. EAPC is a professional corporation with eight partners and several shareholders.

What makes your firm/organization unique?

EAPC is a multi-disciplinary firm, the largest in North Dakota. As part of our architecture and engineering services, we also provide commissioning, site entitlements, and Design for School Safety, an initiative and partnership with the North Dakota Safety Council to implement safety components early on in our designs for schools, workplace, and all project types.

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