2019 Community Design Workshop Minneapolis

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2019 Design Workshop Purpose and Description

As part of our Community Action initiative we are hosting our 5th Annual Design Workshop free of charge for nonprofit organizations serving the Minneapolis / Saint Paul and Rochester areas on October 10-11, 2019. This event will provide opportunities for community groups to meet with a team of design professionals, matched to their specific needs, in order to work through solutions to their proposed projects. Teams of HGA professionals will be allocated up to 16 hours leading up to and during the workshop to work on these projects. Our goal is to provide each group with solutions in response to each community group’s proposal as well as recommend concrete next steps for moving forward.

Project Proposal Submission Deadline

Applications are closed and 2019 Design Workshop participants have been selected.


Eligibility is limited to organizations with documented nonprofit status or fiscally sponsored nonprofit organizations that serve the Minneapolis St. Paul metro area. Project selection will be based on your project proposal as well as project scope with respect to the resources HGA can commit during the event.

All projects must have prior approval from organization leadership at the time of application submission.

Please contact Andrew Atkins at communityaction@hga.com or aatkins@hga.com with any questions. You can also reach him by phone at 612.758.4287.

Project Examples

The following are examples of services we may be able to provide during this event. However, we encourage you to think creatively, consider your own specific needs, and describe a process by which we can serve your mission.

  • Imagery and renderings for a fundraising campaign
  • Facility program and planning strategy
  • Facility code and accessibility assessment
  • Marketing brainstorming session and materials
  • Construction project cost estimating
  • Resiliency & sustainability strategy development
  • Site planning & landscape design
  • Technology, finance, or engineering needs
  • Conceptual design for new buildings

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Community Action Overview

HGA Community Action began as a grassroots effort led by a few young employees focused on social impact design. They saw how this emerging discipline could help HGA achieve its vision, and at the same time, improve the communities we call home. With a small budget and the enthusiastic support of the firm’s leaders, Community Action was born. Today, the program is bringing together HGA employees to make a measurable impact through design and service for local, national, and international organizations doing great work. See the 2017 Annual Report.

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