+  R. Bruce Cornwall Presenting at NeoCon 2..., Jun 12, 2019


Wednesday, June 12 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Evidence-based design (EBD) is much discussed but rarely implemented. Therefore, the design team often relies on anecdotal information provided by the client where perceptions from ‘squeaky wheels’ or strong voice from the C-suite can drive design decisions. However, when a client with well-defined business goals becomes an active participant in the design process, and the entire project team advocates for an EBD-approach to the process, objective findings can greatly enhance the design solution. This panel will discuss findings from their integrative process that identified measurable outcomes that drove mid-course adjustments to subsequent planning and design efforts for Donaldson Company. Now the project team is better able to implement this international corporation’s strategic Workplace 2020 program to enhance employees’ satisfaction, performance, health, retention, and recruitment.


  • Bruce Cornwall, AIA, director of design and Campus Planning, LHB Architects and Engineers, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Caren Martin, NCIDQ, FASID, FIDEC, principal, Martin & Guerin Design Research, Minneapolis, MN
  • Amy Arnost, CID, owner, Space Strategies, Plymouth, MN

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+  Armory Arts and Music Center to Host Gro..., Dec 05, 2018

Duluth MN – November 29 – The Armory Arts and Music Center (AAMC) organization will commence its Drill Hall floor stabilization project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 11am. The $1.5 million floor stabilization project is AAMC’s largest project to date and necessary to lift the demolition order that was placed on the building in 2000. The project entails the reinforcement of 4,000 SF of existing concrete floor and the removal and replacement of 14,000 SF of floor, and will preserve a prominent building that reflects the character and history of Duluth.

The structural capacity of the existing concrete floor slab has been compromised by decades of water and salts seeping into the floor and rusting the rebar during the 1980s and 1990s when the Armory was used as a garage for heavy equipment. “Over the years we’ve been addressing the items listed on the demolition order including patching the roof, tuckpointing brick and terra cotta, fixing windows, and general cleanup. The floor is the last major item to be addressed,” noted AAMC Executive Director Mark Poirier.

Gardner Builders is leading the floor stabilization project, with plans to be complete by the end of January. Gardner considered innovative ways to perform the project, and opted to work with a specialty demolition contractor from Chicago to utilize Brokk remote controlled demolition robots to safely and efficiently perform the floor removal work. The robots will be on site during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Local engineering and architecture firm LHB led the structural design, and discovered that Claude Turner, the same structural engineer who designed Duluth’s famous Aerial Lift Bridge, designed some of the earliest patented flat concrete floor slabs, of which the Armory’s Drill Hall is one example.

Hess Roise provided historical consulting expertise for the project, which proved important because the Armory is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A portion of the funding has been provided from a $250K Legacy Grant from the MN Historical Society, and additional funding is from State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, all of which have special application processes and reporting requirements. The remainder of the funding has been generously provided by several private donors.

Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony will learn more about the history of the building as well as the future plans for the Armory, as this project is just the first step in the rehabilitation of the building. The program for the full redevelopment is building momentum towards a mixed-use commercial project centered on creating a Public Market/Food Hall. The size of the building would allow other uses and users also, and would showcase the great views of Lake Superior from the 4-story ‘Head House’ section of the building facing London Road. The AAMC is currently working with UMD’s Center for Economic Development on the business plan and City of Duluth staff have shared their in-house expertise on public markets.

Historical Background

The Historic Armory was built in 1915 just prior to World War I and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For much of its life, the Armory served as both a military training facility and a focal point for the Duluth community. The Armory hosted numerous functions such as concerts, dances, conventions and sporting events until the DECC was constructed in 1966. A number of significant historical events and people have ties to the Armory including the relief efforts of the Cloquet Moose Lake Fires of 1918 which happened almost exactly 100 years ago. The memorial service for the last Union Army Civil War veteran, Albert Woolson, was held at the Armory in 1956 and was covered in the media around the nation. On January 31st, 1959 four Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees—Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Dion, and Bob Dylan—would share an evening together at the Armory as part of the Winter Dance Party tour. Two days later Holly and Valens, along with the Big Bopper, would die in the plane crash often referred to as “The Day the Music Died.”



Mark Poirier, 218-428-9686, Exec Director, Armory Arts and Music Center,

Mike Poupore, 218-343-3777, Vice President, Armory Arts and Music Center,

Bob Gardner, 612-363-6514, CEO, Gardner Builders,

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+  LHB Presenting at GreenBuild Internation..., Nov 15, 2018

Plug load energy is a relatively untapped source of energy savings in commercial buildings. And these loads are increasing. Other end uses are decreasing with better building design and sophisticated efficiency programs, but plug loads continue to increase as we plug more into the wall. The energy efficiency industry needs to do more to identify and quantify strategies for reducing plug load. This panel will give participants a solid overview of the potential for savings from plug loads based on research led by the New Buildings Institute on unregulated loads (loads that are not covered by building codes). Then Seventhwave and LHB will share the results of commercial plug load research that they’ve completed on a broad set of strategies for office equipment such as computers, monitors, kitchenette equipment, and copiers. This research does not just address the opportunities for plug load energy savings, but also examines which messages work best to encourage building occupants to power down and power off. The panel will lead a discussion about potential allies who haven’t traditionally been part of our sustainability ecosystem, like IT departments, when tackling this important energy savings opportunity.


Maureen Colburn is the leader of the LHB Research Studio, a passionate team of architects, landscape architects, engineers, and building specialists that focus on the research, design, and evaluation of high performance environments. Her projects range from the building to city scale and include co-management of the Minnesota Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3) suite of programs and tools for sustainable design; leadership of the Minnesota Local Government Project for Energy Planning, an effort to engage communities in actionable strategies for energy and greenhouse gas reduction by providing them with planning tools and actual results; and ongoing research into effective ways to reduce plug load energy consumption in commercial buildings. Prior to establishing the Research Studio, Maureen practiced as an architect, incorporating sustainability goals into multifamily residential projects for non-profit developers and institutional clients. In 2011, her work was recognized with an AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award. She continues to utilize her technical background to interface with LHB’s design teams on efforts to create a portfolio of regenerative work grounded in applied research. In addition to her work at LHB, Maureen has co-founded several groups that advocate for equity and sustainability in the architecture profession. Through her active involvement with AIA Minnesota Women in Architecture, she is leading a project to document and share the stories of prominent women architects in Minnesota. Maureen lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter where she reads many books, practices yoga, walks her poodle Zig Zag, and plans her next trip.

Mark Frankel is the Technical Director for the New Buildings Institute. NBI develops programs, policy, training, and research on high performance buildings and energy efficiency for organizations all over the country. Currently Mark is involved in national coalitions to improve building performance feedback, market adoption strategies for net zero energy and deep energy retrofits, strategies to integrate buildings and the electric grid, and in the development and implementation of innovative codes and programs focused on building performance outcome and benchmarking. Mark has been consulting on energy efficiency and sustainable design for over 20 years. Mark has consulted on hundreds of capital projects, ranging in scale from single and multi-family residential projects to large commercial buildings and portfolio strategies. Mr. Frankel is a LEED Fellow and a licensed architect.

Scott Hackel has established a national reputation for technical thought-leadership in high performance commercial building research and applied technologies. He leads ground-breaking field research in buildings to test the performance of new and emerging technologies. His significant body of work in plug load technologies examines the savings strategies, as well as messaging and occupant engagement to drive energy-savings behaviors. Scott also provides technical perspectives to shape design and implementation strategies to boost the savings performance of utility commercial new construction programs. Scott was one of Consulting Specifying Engineers’ 40 Under 40 awardees and plays a leadership role on multiple ASHRAE technical committees related to building energy performance. He has spoken extensively at national ASHRAE events, in the energy efficiency industry, and at many Greening the Heartland events. Scott is the Director of Engineering based in Madison, WI.

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+  Dan Stine, AIA, CSI, CDT Presenting at T..., Nov 15, 2018

Professional Lighting Analysis for Architects
With the ever-increasing interest in high-performance and sustainable building design, along with human factors such as occupant comfort, lighting design plays a key role in delivering high quality buildings. This session will compare and contrast tools from Autodesk, Lighting Analysts Inc., and Trimble’s Sefaira. We will look at tools that give point-by point lighting calculations producing high quality, interactive and photometrically accurate renderings. Daylighting design for Spatial Daylight Autonomy (sDA), Annual Sunlight Exposure (ASE), and Daylight Factor will be discussed. To round out this session, we will consider the use of KieranTimberlake’s Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) application, called ROAST, to help determine if design goals around electric lighting and daylighting have been met from the user-experience standpoint.


Dan Stine, AIA, CSI, CDT, BIM manager, LHB, Inc., is a Wisconsin-registered architect with over 20 years of experience. Dan has presented on lighting design in three countries, and most recently presented at this year’s Lightfair International in Chicago. Dan has written 11 textbooks, of which two focused
on architectural hand sketching, and another became the #1 Autodesk Revit book in the USA’s academic market. He teaches BIM to graduate architecture students at North Dakota State University, covering lighting analysis, energy modeling, and more.

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+  Becky Alexander, AIA Presenting at The M..., Nov 13, 2018


Designing for Occupant Well-Being with B3 IEQ Guidelines
Designing with indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in mind can enhance the health, well-being, and productivity of building occupants. The University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) has led an effort to update the IEQ section of the B3 Guidelines to be released as Version 3.2. This session will provide an in-depth review of the updated IEQ section of the B3 Guidelines, explaining the intent behind the revisions related to indoor air quality, thermal comfort, lighting and daylighting, acoustics, view conditions, personal control, and physical activity. Attendees will learn how to overcome the challenges and achieve B3 Guidelines compliance.


Becky Alexander, AIA, is an architect and researcher at LHB, Inc. where she does a combination of sustainable building research and architectural design. Becky is the primary researcher for the Regional Indicators Initiative (RII), a program through the Urban Land Institute Minnesota, that tracks annual performance metrics for Minnesota cities. She also manages the online B3 Case Studies Database which tracks performance metrics and sustainable strategies used for State-funded buildings that are required to meet aggressive energy standards.

Rolf Jacobson is a research fellow at the UMN CSBR. He brings a strong interest in building science, particularly in the areas of residential energy efficiency, building assemblies, and moisture performance, to his role as a Research Fellow at the CSBR. His work at the CSBR is primarily focused on high performance affordable housing and the Minnesota B3 Guidelines.

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+  LHB at Minnesota Power Systems Conferenc..., Nov 06, 2018

Date: November 6−8, 2018

Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre


LHB is staying abreast of today’s power system technology in this three-day conference that emphasizes the unique challenges faced by electric utilities in the Midwest. Concurrent sessions include substations, utility industry futures, delivery systems, project management, relaying, distribution automation/communications, safety and security, metering, power generation and tutorials.

Sponsored by College of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota

In cooperation with IEEE Twin Cities PES/IAS



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+  Getting Started with B3 Benchmarking, Oct 04, 2018

Minnesota Departments of Commerce and Administration; Building, Benchmarking and Beyond (B3) puts the power of public building energy data in the hands of public building owners to manage and reduce energy costs. Using building and meter information, the online tool summarizes the information in easily digestible monthly and annual reports for FREE. Learn to improve the energy management of your buildings by attending this seminar.

Presenters: Rick Carter, FAIA, LEED AP Fellow – Integrative Design Team Leader; and Kevin Holm, AIA – Director of the Education Studio

Rick Carter, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Rick is an architect and Leader of the Integrative Design Team at LHB where his primary responsibilities include business development and project leadership. An advocate of sustainable design for over 25 years, Rick leads many large-scale initiatives to reduce energy, water, resource use, and greenhouse gas emissions from building to regional scales.  He helped develop the Hennepin County/Minnesota Sustainable Design Guidelines and currently manages the Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Project including execution of sustainable guidelines for the State of Minnesota and benchmarking actual energy use in all of Minnesota’s public buildings. Rick is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program. Rick was a member of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group, Past President of AIA Minneapolis, Past President of USGBC MN, and a co-chair for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mayor’s Green Manufacturing Initiative.

He is a recognized presenter on sustainability from his presentations at Greenbuild, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and USGBC.

Kevin Holm

With 24 years of experience, Kevin Holm’s focus is on education projects for both PreK-12 facilities and higher education institutions. Kevin has experience with many districts throughout Minnesota on their education planning and design. He helps education clients realize energy savings and improved occupant health and performance through facility evaluations, planning, and designing and incorporating systems that help to reduce long-term maintenance costs. He works with Rick and Becky to help education clients use the B3 system to benchmark their performance, work with facility operators to accomplish greater efficiencies, and collect and analyze data for continued improvements.

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+  Building Code Changes that can Reduce Co..., Oct 04, 2018

Building Code Changes that can Reduce Construction Costs and Save Your District Money.

Presenters: Mike Boland: Director of Facilities for ISD 622 and Troy Miller AIA: K12 Education Studio Leader for LHB

Year after year; architects, engineers and building owners have struggled with the ever growing financial impact of changing building codes. However, with the most recent code changes and the availability of Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) funding, there are opportunities to modernize, simplify and save money! Over the last two years, IDS 622 and their design team have been revamping their Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) project list to incorporate the insight of a process called Building Reclassification and completion of Storm-water Management Plans completed for each regulatory/oversight agency. Mike and Troy will review two of the district’s buildings which have been reclassified under the most recent code and discuss the resulting construction and operational savings.

Troy Miller is the Education Group Leader in LHB’s Minneapolis office. He has been working with school districts for over 20 years and has been a part of over $1,350,000,000 in school construction projects for over 110 school districts across the mid-west.

Mike Boland is the Operations & Maintenance Supervisor for the North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale School District. Mike provides supervision of custodial services and all grounds crews. He is responsible for all daily mechanical and other building systems maintenance.

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+  Grand (Re)Opening Celebration, September..., Sep 07, 2018

The work is finally done and it’s time to celebrate! Come to the library and check out our completed renovation! Join us for tours of the new space, Storytime and Read to a Dog in the Children’s Area, refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library, and a tour of Carl Gawboy’s local history murals with Teddie Meronek.

Schedule of Events

10:00   Tour/walkaround
11:00    Storytime in Children’s Area
2:00     Read to a Dog in Children’s Area
2:00     Gawboy Mural Superior History Tour with Teddie Meronek
3:00     Storytime in Children’s Area
4:00     Ribbon Cutting Program in Atrium with the Superior Chamber of Commerce
4:30     Refreshments, tour/walkaround

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+  LHB Duluth Traffic – Superior Stre..., Sep 29, 2018

Downtown Duluth will be undergoing a historic transformation with the reconstruction of Superior Street. 6th Avenue to 4th Avenue West will be closed the summer of 2018. 4th Avenue East to 1st Avenue East will be closed in 2019.  3rd Avenue West to Lake Avenue will be closed in 2020. For more construction updates, detours and parking, please visit
See here for LHB’s role in this landmark project Superior Street Reconstruction

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+  LHB Minneapolis Office Parking, Aug 31, 2019

Construction Alert! Guest parking has moved to the south side of LHB’s Minneapolis Office at 701 Washington Avenue North. Please park in the Loose-Wiles Building Visitor Spaces and sign in with the security guard. This is in effect as of August 30, 2017, and will continue until updated due to construction of the neighboring new building. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

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+  Duluth Coffee Company to host Parklet Op..., May 15, 2017

Join Duluth Coffee Company, LHB, and Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community as we celebrate the grand opening of Duluth Coffee Company’s Parklet! What is a parklet? A parking space taken over for the enjoyment of everyone and open to the public! The parklet was funded in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Sheild of Minnesota and the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation. Mark Engebretson is constructing the parklet.

There will be a short press conference and ribbon cutting, followed by festivities, food and drink, giveaways, artwork, and fun!

3:00 Duluth Coffee Company, Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community, LHB speakers
3:15 Ribbon Cutting
3:20 Festivities

Live Music by Merila Hill String Band
Artwork by Dave Moreira
Coffee provided by Duluth Coffee Company
Drinks provided by Blacklist Artisan Ales and The Red Herring Lounge
Snacks provided by Zenith Bread Project and Fannie Rose Candy Shop

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+  MN Chief Engineers Guild – Buildin..., Sep 07, 2016

LHB’s Troy Miller and David Williams are presenters at the Minnesota Chief Engineers Guild Annual Conference on September 2, 2016. A copy of the presentation, “Building Performance: Three Areas You Can Manage to Control Costs” is available in the link below.

MN Chief Engineers Guild – Building Performance

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+  LHB’s Rick Carter to Speak at 2016 NAC..., Jul 18, 2016


LHB’s Senior Vice President, Rick Carter, FAIA, LEED Fellow, will present at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2016 Annual Meeting on “Net-zero Tools for Building and Operations” at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec on Monday, July 18th at 8:30 a.m.

For more information on the 2016 NACUBO Annual Meeting visit

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+  LHB’s Rick Carter and Becky Alexan..., Nov 19, 2015

LHB’s Rick Carter and Becky Alexander will present on “Building Carbon Neutrality in Minnesota and Beyond at the 2015 GreenBuild Conference this Thursday November 18th at 1:30pm in Washington, D.C.



An advocate of sustainable design for over 25 years, Rick leads many large scale initiatives to reduce energy, water, resource use, and greenhouse gas emissions from building to regional scales.

Rick leads LHB’s Performance Metrics™ initiative to understand the environmental impacts of LHB-designed buildings. In addition, Rick co-founded LHB’s Green Team in 1992, a multi-discipline team dedicated to incorporating sustainable design techniques into all projects.  He helped develop the Hennepin County/Minnesota Sustainable Design Guidelines and currently manages the Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Project including execution of sustainable guidelines for the State of Minnesota and benchmarking actual energy use in all of Minnesota’s public buildings. Rick is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program. Rick was a member of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group and a co-chair for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mayor’s Green Manufacturing Initiative.

Becky Alexander_0059_mediumBecky Alexander is a researcher and designer at LHB where she provides a combination of sustainable building research and architectural design services. Her sustainable building research involves collecting, analyzing, visualizing, and synthesizing data for building, organization, and city-wide scales. Becky holds a Master of Architecture Degree and a Master of Science, Architecture, Sustainable Design Degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton College.


Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passion at Greenbuild, sparking a contagious buzz throughout the week. Greenbuild features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business. For more information on this years conference visit:

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+  LHB at MPTA Conference, Multimodal VR Ex..., Oct 20, 2015

From noon – 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20th, LHB will be at the MPTA Conference Expo at the DECC and will give a Virtual Reality Experience of the new DTA Multimodal Transportation Facility.

A key component of the Multimodal Facility, the Northwest Passage Skyway, opened on October 8th. The time-lapse below was taken just before it opened.

Time-lapse courtesy of Dennis O’Hara

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+  University of Minnesota Duluth Ribbon Cu..., Oct 20, 2015

We’re looking forward to the Grand Opening of the newly renovated first
floor of the Kirby Student Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


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+  Northwest Passage of Duluth Skywalk Ribb..., Oct 08, 2015








Media Contact:

Heath Hickok
Director of Marketing


Northwest Passage Skywalk Ribbon-Cutting Scheduled for Thursday, October 8th

DULUTH, MINNESOTA (October 5, 2015) – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) and the Greater Downtown Council (GDC) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reconstructed Northwest Passage Skywalk on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. The event will take place in the pop-up section of the skywalk located closest to the DECC.

This ceremony marks the near completion of the reconstruction of the Northwest Passage Skywalk that began on Monday, June 22, 2015. The skywalk is a key component of the DTA’s Duluth Transportation Center (DTC) construction project which is on schedule to be completed in January of 2016.

City Council President, Emily Larson, will make remarks along with DTA Board President, John Brostrom, DECC Executive Director, Dan Russell and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President and DECC Board President, David Ross. Other elected officials and dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate the milestone.

To express appreciation for everyone who uses the Northwest Passage Skywalk on a daily basis, the DECC will provide light refreshments in the skywalk from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

If you would like more information on this press release or to schedule an interview with DTA General Manager, Dennis Jensen, please contact Heath Hickok, Director of Marketing, at 218-623-4314.

The DTA’s mission is to provide a public transit service that is safe, convenient, efficient and affordable. It has been providing reliable service to the Duluth area for more than 130 years. The DTA has over 150 employees and 63 buses that provide service throughout the Twin Ports. The DTA Operating Center is located at 2402 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55806.



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+  WITC-Superior Ribbon Cutting on Newly Re..., Sep 30, 2015




WITC Renews Student Spaces with Focus on Student Experience
WITC-Superior Ceremony

When: Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 p.m.
Location: Superior Campus Atrium, 600 N. 21st St. Superior, WI
Reception: following the ceremony in the WITC-Superior Atrium.

WITC-Superior hosts ribbon cutting and reception for newly redesigned student spaces with a focus on student experience. Interview opportunities will be available. The expansive student atrium at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College adds more color, fresh furniture and modern décor to the multi-use space, enhancing the overall student experience at WITC-Superior.

“The changes throughout the building represent WITC’s philosophy that the student experience happens both inside and outside the classrooms and labs,” said WITC-Superior Campus Administrator and Vice President of Academic Affairs Bonny Copenhaver.

The atrium renovations are just one project in a list of developments across campus including an enhanced classroom, the creation of two family bathrooms, and improvements to the Learning Commons Area on the second floor, a key area for student academic and technology support services.


The ribbon cutting ceremony will be attended by WITC President John Will, WITC-Superior Campus Administrator and Vice President of Academic Affairs Bonny Copenhaver, The Superior Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Immel Construction and LHB Architects. Interview opportunities and reception will follow the ceremony.


Ranked fourth best two-year college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.



Jessica Hehir
Marketing & Public Relations Associate
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
600 North 21st Street
Superior, WI 54880
715.394.6677 ext. 6264




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+  Rick Carter presenting at the National A..., Jul 19, 2015

LHB Senior Vice President, Rick Carter will present at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Annual Meeting on “Leading with LEED: Why We Certify (Or Not)” at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, July 19th at 10:30 a.m.

Rick’s presentation focuses on the concerns campuses have with building and maintaining energy efficient buildings and how the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) guidelines compare to the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines and SB 2030 Energy Program.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the country and around the world.

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+  Dan Stine presenting at the Fifth North ..., Jul 24, 2015

LHB’s BIM Administrator, Dan Stine will be presenting twice at the Fifth North American Revit Technology Conference (RTC) at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Washington, DC. His first presentation on “Interior Design Workflows” takes place on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. This presentation will cover several concepts important to interior designers including keynoting, tagging materials, and program schedules. Dan’s second presentation on “JavaScript in Revit: For the Non-Programmer (Like Me)” will occur on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm and will take a look at an exciting new add-in for Revit; namely ParmJS by Lazcad Technology. Users are able to populate Revit parameters using JavaScript expressions.

The Fifth North American Revit Technology Conference provides professionals opportunities to learn from the world’s top instructors and industry experts, and explore recent trends and technology.

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+  LHB presenting at the Minnesota Educatio..., Oct 01, 2015

LHB’s Troy Miller, Architectural Group Leader, and David Williams, Mechanical Group Leader, will present “What are the latest building systems, material and energy design innovations?” at the Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals (MASMS) Fall Conference 2015.  The presentation on “What are the latest building systems, material and energy design innovations?” will take place on October 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the St. Cloud Room. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


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+  LHB presenting at the Minnesota Educatio..., Oct 02, 2015

LHB’s Kevin Holm, Architectural Group Leader, and Phil Fisher, Project Coordinator of Communications, will present “The Maze of Managing and Verifying Building Operations and Performanceat the Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals (MASMS) Fall Conference 2015. The Maze of Managing and Verifying Building Operations and Performance presentation will take place on October 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM in the Huskies Room. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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+  LHB presenting at the Midwest Facility M..., Nov 02, 2015

LHB’s Kevin Holm, AIA, and Troy Miller, AIA, will present “What are the latest building systems, material and energy design innovations?” at the Midwest Facility Masters Conference.  The conference will take place at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The date and time of the presentation on “What are the latest building systems, material and energy design innovations?” is yet to be determined.

Session Description:  You can’t seem to find the time to study or research the current trends in facility design and management? No worries, we understand. Building systems and materials are constantly changing and evolving with lots of new technologies, applications and costs. What makes sense for one district may not be applicable to every district.

1. LED lighting and support system benefits

2. Solar arrays and other alternative energy system analysis

3. Window and roofing system performance parameters

4. Mechanical system performance analysis

5. Safety and security strategies

6. Building code changes

This presentation will provide a forum to see the opportunities and the challenges. We hope through the discussions that you will become aware of the various innovations and be able to ask questions that will help you prioritize which will provide the greatest benefit to your district.


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+  LHB presenting at the Midwest Facility M..., Nov 02, 2015

LHB’s Kevin Holm, AIA, and Troy Miller, AIA, will present “The Maze of Managing and Verifying Building Operations and Performance” at the Midwest Facility Masters Conference. The conference will take place at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The date and time of the presentation on “The Maze of Managing and Verifying Building Operations and Performance” is yet to be determined.

Session Description:  The programs and services seem to be endless: Retro Commissioning, Buildings Benchmarks and Beyond (B3), Seasonal Management Review Programs, Infrared Testing, Code Management Analysis, Safe Schools, Health and Safety, and the list will continue to grow. What are all these programs and how can they help you:

  1. Prioritize deferred maintenance and operational choices
  2. Assist in budgeting and scheduling maintenance
  3. Coordinate a facilities evolution for implementing current teaching methodologies
  4. Address the changing expectation for technology.

This presentation will consider how to evaluate your facility needs from a variety of methods and programs. What is important is not the program or service, but what will the information allow you to accomplish the needs of the district, staff, students and taxpayers.


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+  LHB presenting at the Midwest Facility M..., Nov 02, 2015

LHB’s Kevin Holm, AIA, and Troy Miller, AIA, and Kathy Miller will present “Organizational Collaboration: What are the Challenges to Stretching Every Dollar?” at the Midwest Facility Masters Conference. The conference will take place at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The date and time of the presentation on “Organizational Collaboration: What are the Challenges to Stretching Every Dollar?” is yet to be determined.

Session Description:  Each year there are discussions regarding school funding and the ongoing changes in education, but the needs continue to grow faster than funding. If districts are going  to capitalize on each opportunity to stretch their available funding, they will need leaders who understand the importance of constant collaboration and coordination. Administrative teams to work together to:

  1. Create a district-wide interest for sharing and brainstorming
  2. Instill a spending attitude which demonstrates the benefits of collaborating
  3. Take the time to understand the challenges of their teammates.

How can a relighting project benefit student health and classroom performance? Can a security assessment benefit classroom design? Will the selection of furniture improve the success of project based learning initiatives? What are the new roles and expectations of media center design?

When there’s passion to understand the pressures of your peer group and the challenges in the classroom, you will see the greatest potential for improvement: students, staff and facilities. This presentation will be a conversation between individuals that have experienced districts of sizes, locations, and conditions.

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+  LHB presenting at the 2015 AIA Minnesota..., Nov 10, 2015

LHB’s Rick Carter, FAIA, and Rebecca Alexander, Associate AIA, will present “Policy to Practice: Building carbon neutrality in Minnesota & Beyond”  along with Janet Streff, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Graves, University of Minnesota College of Design, at the 2015 AIA Minnesota Convention. The convention will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Exhibit Hall D from November 10-13, 2015.

The “Policy to Practice: Building carbon neutrality in Minnesota & Beyond” presentation date to be determined.

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+  2015 Joint State Education Convention, Jan 20, 2015

The 2015 Joint State Education Convention will be held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI on January 20-23.

Stop by the LHB booth #712 to learn more about LHB’s K-12 education projects – we look forward to meeting you!

Show Hours: Wednesday January 21, 2015 9:00AM – 4:00PM and Thursday January 22, 2015 9:00AM – 2:00PM

link to the Convention schedule

State Education Convention
Wisconsin Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53203

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+  Minnesota School Boards Association (MSB..., Jan 14, 2015

The 2015 MSBA Leadership Conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 15-16.

Stop by the LHB booth #314 to learn more about LHB’s K-12 education projects – we look forward to meeting you!

The exhibit hall is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday.

link to the Leadership Conference Program

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+  Getting to 70%: Solutions for Sustainabl..., Nov 20, 2014

November 20th 2014 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in the Argon Room (same location as last year)

4:-8:00 pm, Dinner included

To register for this session, go to  Registration will be limited to 70 people and the cost is $15.00.  


Part One: 4:00-5:45 pm

Welcome: Pat Hamilton, Science Museum of Minnesota (5 minutes)

Introduction and Discussion of Xcel Energy Design Assistance Program: Kris Kohl, Xcel (10 minutes)

January 2015 – A new high efficiency standards for 2015 and Introduction to SB 2030 and review of the SB2030 Best Practices Curriculum:  Richard Strong, CSBR (20 minutes)

Presentation of the Southgate Multi-Family Project and its energy efficiency characteristics: Billy Weber, CSBR (30 minutes)

Design, Construction, and Operation & Maintenance of Green, White and Blue Roofs: Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design (20 minutes)

Plug Loads Strategies to control/operate: Rick Carter, LHB Architects (20 minutes)


Break to be served dinner: (15 minutes) 5:45-6:00 pm


Part Two: 6:00-8:00 pm

Advance Lighting: Brian Wass, Weidt Group (20 minutes)

LED Lighting Retrofits: Blaine O’Brien, University of Minnesota  (20 minutes)

Operating and Maintaining a High Efficiency SB2030 Building and continuous commissioning:  Peter Herzog and/or Garrett Mosiman, CSBR (30 minutes)

Energy conservation work at the MN Science Museum: Pat Hamilton, Director, Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota (20 minutes)

Tours of the energy efficiency design and implementation in the Science Museum:

1)      Heat Pump/Chiller/Optimizes Pressure Balancing Advance Heat Recovery, Pat Hamilton (20 Minutes)

2)      Solar PV installation and on a white roof and its role within the electric utility grid (including downtown networks), Scott Getty and Jim Giebel (20 minutes)

3)      LED Lighting retrofit  in the Parking Structure, Blaine O’Brien (20 minutes)



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+  USGBC-MN Master Speaker Series: A Great ..., Jun 19, 2014

Session 1: Create Community-wide Sustainability with Individual Action

June 19 | 3:15 – 5:30 pm | 701 Washington Ave. N Suite 600, Minneapolis

Don’t miss the kick-off program in our new speaker series:  Revisioning Sustainability. Connect with like-minded sustainable professionals for a thought provoking presentation, great food and drink, and lively conversation.

Our speaker, Rick Carter, will look at how we can scale sustainability to a community-wide level in order to achieve greater impact in reaching greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental goals.   In this session, you will understand your potential to take action whether you are a politician, business leader, technical professional or passionate individual.

Learn More and Register

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+  100 Years of Student Drawings, Jun 29, 2014

Celebrating the School of Architecture’s Centennial

April 4-June 29 Northrop Gallery

Open during building hours

Free Admission

There is a drawing exhibit up at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus. It was curated for the School of Architecture’s centennial last fall and showcases student drawings from the past 100 years. An exciting range of student designs (from a pavilion for electrocution to an elevator between two streets) show the past century’s progression of drawing techniques (from stunning hand-drawings to rich computer renderings).


Details on the exhibit location and hours:

More info on the exhibit and artists can be found here:


Included in the exhibit is this rendering from Becky Alexander’s Master of Architecture thesis (The Wandering Feast) as one of the two representatives from year 99 (2012).




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+  Duluth LEED Building Tour, Mar 27, 2014

Sign up to take a tour of a sustainable designed building at the Lake Superior College Health and Science Building, on Thursday, March 27th, from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.

To register, please follow the link

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+  Minnesota’s Transportation Confere..., Mar 04, 2014

Learn about the latest innovations in transportation from around Minnesota at this new three-day conference. Come network with stakeholders from all sectors of transportation and hear about new implementation and research efforts in a variety of modes at one of the state’s largest transportation events.

Register now to attend the conference, or browse the final program for information on plenary and concurrent sessions.

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+  Videotect 4 Voting is Now Open, Feb 21, 2014

Please, be sure to vote for video #11 ‘Searching for Morels’ by LHB’s Becky Alexander!

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+  2014 Minn-U Conference, March 20 & ..., Mar 20, 2014

Dan Stine, CADD Administrator, will be presenting the following breakout sessions: Revit and Showcase; Amazing Design Validation and Animations / March 20th at 1:15-2:25 and Complex Power Distribution in Revit / March 21st at 10:15-11:45.

The $395 early bird registration ends Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The  conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, March 20th – Friday, March 21st.

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+  Metro Cities Forum – Water: Emergi..., Jan 30, 2014

Click on “Event Link” below to see full agenda and registration information.

Please join Metro Cities for this half day forum to help inform cities on emerging trends and issues around water, to hear from state agencies and the Met Council on agency responses and coordination, and to hear from cities on local water issues and best practices. The forum is intended as informative, and not for the advancement of specific agendas by any entity. Forum details are as follows:

8:00 Registration, Coffee & Pastries

8:30 Introduction: Patricia Nauman, Executive Director, Metro Cities


  • Groundwater Basics, Michael McDonald, Hydrologist, DNR
  • Regional Water Supply Trends, Lanya Ross, Environmental Scientist, Met Council
  • Regional Indicators Initiative, Rick Carter, FAIA, Senior Vice President, LHB
  • Contaminants in Groundwater, Steve Robertson, Hydrologist, Department of Health

9:40 TABLE DISCUSSIONS: What issues around water are of greatest concern to your city?

10:00 Break


  • New MS4 Stormwater Permit Requirements, Marni Karnowski, Manager, MPCA
  • Water Sustainability Study, Ali Elhassan,Water Supply Manager, Met Council
  • Groundwater Management Area, Jason Moeckel, Program Manager, DNR
  • Water Resources Policy, Judy Sventek, Water Resources, Metropolitan Council
  • Water Quality Certification Program, Brad Redlin, Manager, Dept of Agriculture
  • Agency Coordination, Keith Buttleman, Asst. Mgr, Met Council Envir. Services

11:45 Lunch (provided)


  • Living Streets/Stormwater Management, Shann Finwall, Maplewood
  • Water Re-Use for Irrigation, Todd Hubmer (WSB), Saint Anthony
  • Water Monitoring/Coordination, Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Stormwater Infiltration in New Development, Phil Olson, City of Rosemount


Please RSVP to Laurie Jennings at 651-215-4000 or

Thursday, January 30, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th Street NW, New Brighton

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+  2014 Energy Design Conference, Feb 26, 2014

Rick Carter and DyAnn Andybur, City of Duluth Energy Coordinator, will present Regional Indicators Initiative and Climate Reality in Duluth, MN on February 26, 2014 at the Energy Design Conference.

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+  EWRI World Environmental & Water Re..., Jun 01, 2014

Rick Carter will present “Regional Indicators Initiative: Utilizing City-Wide Metrics to Create Sustainable Cities”, in Portland, OR, during June 1-5, 2014

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+  EWRI World Environmental & Water Re..., Jun 01, 2014

Rick Carter will present “Measurable Outcomes: Tracking Actual Energy and Water Use at 54 College and University Campuses”, in Portland, OR, during June 1-5, 2014

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+  AIA MN State Convention, Nov 15, 2013

Rick Carter, John Carmody and Richard Strong (CSBR), and Tom McDougall (The Weidt Group) presented B3/SB2030 at the AIA MN State Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 15, 2013

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+  Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sus..., Nov 09, 2013

Elizabeth Turner will present “Planning for Carbon Neutrality through Data Analysis and Visualization” at the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability at Luther College, Decorah, IA on November 9, 2013.


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+  Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sus..., Nov 09, 2013

Elizabeth Turner (LHB), Greg Ewig (MnSCU),  and Tom McDougall (The Weidt Group) presented “Measurable Outcomes: Tracking Actual Energy and Water Use at 54 College and University Campuses” at the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability at Luther College, Decorah, IA  on November 9, 2013.

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+  ULI National/Fall Meeting, Nov 06, 2013

Rick Carter will present Regional Indicators Initiative at the ULI Fall Meeting in  Chicago, IL, November 6, 2013

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+  St. Olaf College Environmental Coalition, Oct 08, 2013

Elizabeth Turner presented on “Planning for Carbon Neutrality through Data Analysis and Visualization,” at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

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+  APA Minnesota 2013 Conference: GreenStep..., Sep 18, 2013

Rick Carter and Mitzi Baker (City of Rochester) presented Regional Indicators Initiative / Land Use and Transportation Tools to Improve Outcomes at the APA Minnesota 2013 Conference: GreenStep Cities: Performance Metrics & Complete Green Streets in Rochester, Minnesota on September 18-20, 2013.

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+  U.S. Green Building Council Heartland Re..., Sep 09, 2013

Rick Carter and Debbie Goettel (City of Richfield) presented Regional Indicators Initiative at the U.S. Green Building Council Heartland Regional Conference 2013 in Chicago, Illinois on September 9-10, 2013.

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+  Society for College and University Plann..., Jul 27, 2013

Rick Carter, Greg Ewig (MnSCU),  and Tom McDougall (The Weidt Group) presented Regional Indicators Initiative at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 48th Annual, International Conference in San Diego, California on July 27–31, 2013.

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+  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota ..., Jun 05, 2013

Rick Carter and Bob Heller (Quality Bike Products) presented Sustainable Infrastructure at Quality Bike Products: Opportunities and Costs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota – Sustainable Infrastructure: Costs, Returns, and Decision-Making Program at Eagan, Minnesota on June 5, 2013.

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+  USGBC MN – 2013 Impact Conference / Ma..., May 23, 2013

Rick Carter, FAIA, LEED-Fellow and Peter Lindstrom, Mayor of Falcon Heights, will present Regional Indicators Inititaive from 1:30 – 2:30 during Breakout Session 3b of the USGBC MN – 2013 Impact Conference.

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+  Bell Museum Presents: Sustainability Fil..., May 02, 2013

Elizabeth Turner presented reflections on “City Dark” film and leading discussion for teh Bell Museum Presents: Sustainability Film Series at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

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+  Sustainability Leadership: A Central Com..., Mar 04, 2013

Elizabeth Turner and Rick Carter provided the presentation, “The Basics of Sustainable Design” on March 5th, 2013. Elizabeth also presented, “Integrating Sustainability into College Planning | Benchmarking and Goal Setting” on March 4th, 2013

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+  Charrette Report Press Event / Nov 13 20..., Nov 13, 2012

A press event to release the recently completed Charrette Report for the Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will take place on Tuesday, November 13 at 10:30 AM in the Zeitgeist atrium.

Speakers will include Mayor Ness, Bill Payne, Kristi Stokes, and Bill Bennett. The Mayor will provide context and speak to the value of the Duluth Charrette, Bill Payne will speak to institutional partnership and the arts base, Kristi Stokes will give various examples of arts based development, and Bill Bennett will speak to the importance of the report and the visioning process to private businesses like LHB.

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+  Supportive Housing Grand Opening / Apr 1..., Apr 11, 2012

The American Indian Community Housing Organization hosts a grand opening of its 29-unit affordable supportive housing development in the former downtown YWCA at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 202 W. Second St. A free feast of “Indian Tacos” made with fry bread and wild rice salads and tours will follow the program. The program includes entertainment and recognition of donors, volunteers and community and tribal leaders.

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+  Purpose Driven Run to Benefit YMCA Stron..., Apr 09, 2012

Chris Gardner is going to run on a treadmill in the main level of the Duluth Y starting at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9 and will run continuously until the Y closes at 10:00 p.m. to help raise funds for the Strong Kids Campaign.

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