1990's

In the 1990s, with vast economic growth and investment, HGA designed new headquarters campuses for such industry leaders as Ceridian and Medtronic. Applying sophisticated programming interview and research strategies, HGA helped corporate clients support their business plans, respond to their particular competitive environment, and to respond to rapid change. As demand for talented employees became increasingly fierce during this time, HGA responded with such worker amenities as individual climate control at workstations, light filled atriums, and wellness centers to optimize creative work.

Throughout the prosperous 90s, the healthcare industry changed due to new innovations in medical technology, a renewed focus on patient service and demographic shifts. HGA's healthcare practice responded to these opportunities through growing our expertise in programming, medical planning and design. In addition to our strong Midwestern healthcare client base, HGA expanded its national base of clients to organizations such as the University of California Medical Center, East Texas Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospital. The 1990s also brought an increased demand for environmentally sustainable "green" architecture that minimizes resource use. At Northland College in Wisconsin, one of the leading environmentally oriented liberal arts institutions in the country, HGA designed the Environmental Living and Learning Center (ELLC). Named as one of the top ten green buildings in the nation by the American Institute of Architects, the ELLC is a living classroom where students could reside in a low-impact building while also monitoring its energy usage, solar power generation and performing experimental studies.

At the University of Minnesota, the graceful design for the Barbara Barker Center for Dance evokes the fluid motion of a dancer's leap. Serving as a gateway to the University's new West Bank arts district, Barbara Barker is a relatively small but expressive statement that the performing arts and bold design make a difference in the life of a research institution.