The architecture entitlement process is a must-follow path to getting construction projects approved

The entitlement process is one of the most critical aspects of your architecture or development project. If you need a variance, conditional use permit, or similar municipal permission, you’ll be required to go through the entitlement process over and above basic permitting.

Architecture Project Timelines

Typically, architecture projects that start now won’t begin actually digging for several months. It’s important to realize just how long it takes to jump through all the hoops to get your project started in the right way.

Rendering of Commercial Real Estate Common Area

One way to ensure that more deals come out on the right side is to involve an architect early in the deal process. Why? Because the best architects will help you lead your commercial real estate clients through the site selection process to ensure the deal gets done.

Case Building Warehouse to Office Conversion

The warehouse-to-office conversion, currently underway, promises to be one of the year’s most talked about Twin Cities commercial architecture projects.

Some architecture and interior design trends should just go away.

While every building and workspace is tied to the era in which it was designed, following trends too closely can make a project look dated. We polled the PlanForce staff of Minneapolis architects and interior designers to see which design trends they will be all too happy to see die. Here’s what they had to say:

Rendering of Case Building renovation

Come tour the Case Building in St. Paul to get a firsthand glimpse of the historic warehouse before the transformation begins.

ADA Survey Results Image

What should building owners be aware of, either before they get an ADA-related lawsuit, or in the unfortunate case where they do?

PlanForce designers and technicians examine architectural drawings

Steve Jobs famously said that design is “not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” I was reminded of that quote recently when faced with a sticky tenant improvement challenge in an office build-out. The big challenge was that the current classification of the building would make it prohibitively…

Office interior design rendering created with Building Information Management (BIM) system

Over the past several years, the architecture and commercial interiors industry has been making a shift from using traditional, two-dimensional CAD systems to three-dimensional Building Information Management (BIM) systems like Revit. Most clients view the major benefit of this change in the ability to really start seeing the space and how it’s developing. With a…

  With more than 30 years in the commercial architecture and interiors business, we’ve pretty much done it all at PlanForce. From healthcare and restaurants to hospitality, retail, and corporate offices, we have a depth of experience that can’t be ignored. But which projects are our favorites, and what makes them so special? Hint: it…

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