Category: South Dakota

Put on a blindfold, pick up a fork

June 24, 2019

A project currently under construction will have a lasting impact on how TSP, Inc. architects and engineers design and renovate future buildings.

A recent trip to Aberdeen, SD, re-emphasized the importance of designing for people with different abilities. Four TSP team members – including architects behind the new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired – took part in Dinner for the Dark. Guests wear blindfolds while eating their meals at the event, which supports the South Dakota Federation for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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Sidney Smith is TSP’s newest licensed engineer

May 20, 2019

There were two envelopes in the mailbox. To Sidney Smith’s excitement (and relief), neither was the standard business-letter size. “My roommate and I both took the exam that day,” explains Sidney, who recently passed the Principals and Practice of Engineering (PE) test and now is TSP’s newest licensed mechanical engineer. “We knew the big envelope […]

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Spending half a century with TSP, the ‘Mielke way’

May 15, 2019

When Ron Mielke sits down for his annual review with his boss, Project Manager Brian Heidbrink, the two men don’t spend any time on Ron’s 10-year goals at TSP, Inc. Or even his three-year goals at the full-service architectural, engineering, and planning firm. Because after 50 years in a variety of roles with TSP, Mielke […]

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From beer warehouse to house of worship: a transformation

April 19, 2019

When the proposal to turn a beer distributor’s warehouse into a church first came before a Nebraska congregation, some members were supportive but skeptical that the cavernous building would ever feel like a place of worship.

As Our Savior Lutheran Church of Norfolk prepares to celebrate Easter Sunday, however, the Rev. Lee Weander said the congregation’s response to its home of seven months has been phenomenal.

“We recently completed our traditional worship space, and everybody is stunned that, that room is in a warehouse,” he said. “It looks like a 150-year-old church was torn down and reconstructed.”

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Early input from stakeholders leads to a home that reflects their lifestyle

January 28, 2019

Paul and Marley Ann Opsahl knew they didn’t want to go through the process shingling their house yet again. Home ownership for the Yankton couple had become more of an anchor than a sail.

The Opsahls did, however, want their next home to reflect their lifestyle. They found it five years ago in Dow Rummel Village. Since then, the couple has stayed engaged in opportunities to help shape the retirement community—including the planning process that preceded Dow’s Rummel’s ongoing expansion and renovation.

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