Steele County History Center — Owatonna, MN


Civic and cultural facilities reflect the values of a community. Visitor centers, libraries, community centers, churches, event centers, auditoriums, and museums edify us, nourish our souls, sustain us, and ignite our aspirations. WSN’s team combines their experiences with your vision to create designs that will inspire.


Visitor / Welcome Center

Our design team has ample experience working on visitor and welcome centers throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South 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

WSN offers expertise to support public and academic libraries and community centers. We have completed numerous libraries throughout Minnesota, such as 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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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 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 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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Ballroom / Event Center

WSN offers expertise in designing ballrooms and event centers. We 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

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. We 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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Museums are places of conservation and communication. Since exhibitions are the public face of museums, our designers 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 professionals will work with you to design a building that is efficient, stable, and inimitable.

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