General Architectural Resources

How to Start Your Project

Your building project may be one of the largest investments you ever make… Whether you have a lot of experience or none, it’s best to start by asking yourself a few key questions: Click here to read the rest of this article.

Why Hire an Architect? What do Architects do? And how can they help you? 

Few people realize how complicated it is to build-that is until they find themselves lost in a maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors and so on… Click here to read the rest of this article.

AIA Homepage
[The American Institute of Architects]

Learn more about what architects do and how they solve operational challenges. You’ll find lots of architectural articles, research and resources.

AIA Minnesota Homepage
[The American Institute of Architects – Minnesota]

Learn more about the local state chapter of the AIA, including upcoming events and Architecture MN Magazine.

Healthcare Design & Planning

Building Healing Environments

Every aspect of a facility should help patients and their families cope with the stress, uncertainty and difficulties of illness. A healing environment aids in bringing balance and stability to the mind, body and spirit of patients… Click here to read the rest of this article.

Phased Building Projects: Making Them Work in Rural Hospital Environments.

If you lead a rural health care facility, you need to read this. And if you have ever led or are going to lead a building project, you definitely need to read this… Click here to read the rest of this article.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Centers: Facility Design Can Help Recovery

Addiction treatment center patients are unique… So, too, is the design of a successful treatment facility. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Sustainable Design

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

A network for sharing ideas, resources, and information with individuals, businesses, and communities to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency.

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

A page on the U.S. Building Council site that gives information about lots of issues, including the Green Building Rating System.

Historic Preservation

Minnesota Historical Society

Information on grants and financial incentives for rehabilitating historic properties. Note: Engan Associates helps clients apply for these funds; for more information on some of these projects, see the Community section of this site.

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