Steele County History Center — Owatonna, MN

Architecture & Engineering for Civic Projects

WSN’s architects & engineers in MN & ND design visitor & welcome centers, churches, auditoriums, event & community centers, and libraries. Civic and cultural facilities reflect the values of a community. These places edify us, nourish our souls, sustain us, and ignite our aspirations. WSN’s architects and engineers combine their experiences with your vision to create designs that will inspire.


Visitor & Welcome Center Design

Our architects and engineers have ample experience working on visitor and welcome centers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. We design our buildings to feel warm and welcoming, with spacious entries, lobbies, and public areas filled with stunning, colorful graphics. We understand that visitor/welcome centers not only educate people about the environment, they also seek to preserve it. If desired, our team can work with you to create a building that meets LEED® certification standards.

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Library & Community Center Design

WSN's architects and engineers have designed many libraries and community centers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Some examples include the Nisswa Community Children’s Library, Fosston Community Library, Greenbush Public Library, and Crosslake Library and Community Center. We've also designed projects comprising adaptive reuse of former spaces and have abundant experience working with historical restoration projects

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Worship Design

Forming a true partnership, WSN professionals, faith leaders, and congregations realize facilities that enhance the members’ worship and fellowship experiences. This is some of our most fulfilling work. Our architects and engineers strive to enhance the members’ worship and fellowship experience. We listen closely to our clients’ desires and bring them to life through program, structure, and light. Services provided by our architects and engineers include feasibility studies, accessibility studies, comprehensive analyses of church maintenance needs, schematic and final design, and assistance budgeting and prioritizing future work.

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Zumbro Lutheran Church Animation

Watch this video to experience the Zumbro Lutheran Church renovation before it’s built. WSN’s Rochester architecture department worked closely with the client to ensure their needs were met in the new design. (3:47)


Ballroom & Event Center Design

WSN offers expertise in designing ballrooms and event centers. Our architects and engineers specialize in creating environments that are welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. We will use our knowledge from our experience on past projects to guide you through the entire design process – from schematic to final design.

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Auditorium & Theater Design

Our auditoriums and theaters always pinpoint our immense attention to detail. When designing an auditorium, we pay close attention to lighting and acoustics, as well as seating, interior traffic flow, and overall aesthetics of the building. WSN's architects and engineers can assist you with modernization and expansion projects, being careful to preserve a building’s historical significance, as well as creating new and unique facilities.

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Museum Design

Museums are places of conservation and communication. Since exhibitions are the public face of museums, our architects and engineers will work with you to develop structures that incorporate many learning opportunities in a variety of unique architectural spaces. We will create a space that is educational for tourists of all ages. We will work with you to develop innovative solutions that will expand beyond the normal boundaries, designing exhibit spaces that incorporate walls of images and information, natural displays, and a variety of interactive, multi-media presentations. Our architects and engineers will work with you to design a building that is efficient, stable, and inimitable.

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