ST. PAUL, MINN. (April 18, 2017) – Today, Wold Architects and Engineers announces its acquisition of Ruck Pate Architecture, to expand their Illinois presence, add design capabilities, and further enhance the service offered to its clients.

Wold has four offices with national experience and nearly doubles its local Illinois team with this acquisition. Together, the companies present a dynamic Illinois portfolio and expertise in K-12, higher education and government design.

“Ruck Pate has a strong reputation for smart design and superior client service, which mirrors our approach to client relationships,” said Roger Schroepfer, Partner at Wold. “Together, we will have a broader range of resources and expertise to offer our clients as we grow our presence in the Illinois market.”

All Ruck Pate employees will be joining Wold at its Palatine, Illinois location. The Illinois office brand will be Wold Ruck Pate.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our current Illinois clients as Wold Ruck Pate, and we’ll now be able to offer them even more resources like engineering and interior design by LEED professionals,” said John Maurer, President with Ruck Pate. “This partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to serving this region and improving communities through collaborative design.”

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About Wold Architects and Engineers
Wold Architects and Engineers is a 210-person architectural design firm that specializes in sustainable design and engineering for education, government, health care and senior living clients. Since its founding in 1968, the company has been committed to delivering exceptional long-term service for its clients and their communities. Ranked #38 nationally by 2016 Building Design + Construction Giants 300 Report. Wold is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

About Ruck Pate Architecture
Ruck Pate Architecture focuses on architecture design for K-12, higher education, government and religious clients. Founded in 1975, Ruck Pate has grown to be leading experts in the Illinois market by providing clients with quality built environments for today and the future.

MINNEAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – On Thursday, April 13, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will join community members in celebrating the grand opening of two renovated classroom spaces at People Serving People’s homeless shelter in Minneapolis. Over the past sixteen months, members of ASID-Minnesota’s community service committee have donated their time and efforts to renovate the two classrooms, which will be used by children staying in the shelter. The design of the two spaces incorporates the principles of trauma-informed care.

“The American Society of Interior Designers – Minnesota is proud to give back to People Serving People, which serves more than 1,000 families facing homelessness every year,” Jackie Millea, chair of the ASID-Minnesota community service committee, said. “Renovating People Serving People’s education and enrichment classrooms was a perfect opportunity for our designers and industry partners to put good design toward a greater cause. We thank People Serving People for working so closely with us over the past months to complete this project. It is our hope that these classrooms will serve as meaningful and healing spaces for the children and volunteers who use them for years to come.”

People Serving People is Minnesota’s largest and most comprehensive shelter for families experiencing homelessness. In 2016, it served more than 1,000 families experiencing homelessness, including hundreds of children who used their classrooms for after-school activities and enrichment programs. One classroom is geared toward group activities, while the second is designed for one-on-one tutoring and instruction, such as reading practice.

“With these renovated classrooms, People Serving People can ensure that children staying with us are learning and healing in the best environment possible,” Matthew Johnson, People Serving People’s former education services coordinator, said. “Thank you to ASID-Minnesota for partnering with People Serving People to give some of our community’s most vulnerable kids a soothing and educational place to learn and grow. We appreciate the generous support of the many designers, donors and partners who made this vision a reality.”

Volunteers from ASID-Minnesota launched the classroom renovation project in January 2016. The community-centered design phase incorporated design ideas from ASID-Minnesota designers and students from St. Catherine University. The designers then worked with People Serving People to refine the plans to best fit the needs of staff, volunteers and children at the facility.

Since the experience of losing a home is traumatic for children and their families, the designers worked to incorporate trauma-informed design principles that promote healing and wellness. The flexible classroom spaces are designed with natural elements and lighting to mimic the therapeutic elements of the outdoors.

Fundraising for the project was completed by ASID-Minnesota members and Shelter Architecture led the management and completion of the renovation. ASID-Minnesota also led a book drive for the shelter, to ensure that every child could take a book home with them following their stay.

People Serving People is a family-focused shelter with 99 emergency shelter rooms and ten two-bedroom supportive apartments. Its facility features a fully-licensed preschool and Minneapolis Public Schools coordinates busses for school-aged children staying at the shelter so they can continue to attend their same schools. People Serving People also provides a technology resource center, indoor and outdoor play areas, support groups and community partnerships with more than 30 local organizations. To learn more about People Serving People, please

The American Society of Interior Designers is a community of designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively impact the human experience in the places where we live, work, play and heal. Currently, ASID has more than 25,000 members and 47 professional chapters nationwide, including the Minnesota chapter, which also serves members in North and South Dakota. For more information on the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, please visit

An event celebrating the completion of the project will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Red Hotel, 609 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis. The event, which will be held across the street from People Serving People, includes tours of the renovated classrooms every half hour.  


Summer is a great time to renovate your Science Classroom or STEM/STEAM/STREAM Lab and our team is ready to help! Using NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) guidelines, we ensure that form, function and attractive design work together to create a lab that meets your objectives. Contact Sheldon today and let us help plan your new lab. 

To learn more about Sheldon Laboratory Systems , visit our website or call 1.800.531.7604

  • Sheldon will be exhibiting at the upcoming NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) at the Baltimore Convention Center- Booth#716. March 2nd - 7th 
  • Sheldon will be exhibiting at the upcoming NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Annual Conference in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Booth#2205. March 30th - April 2nd

The spring 2017 LEARNING BY DESIGN showcase features 59 outstanding projects from pre-K schools to university facilities and recognize 11 top award winners, including three Grand Prize Awards, four Citations of Excellence and four Honorable Mentions. A distinguished jury of seven was composed of well healed education-based leaders and design professional from across the continent. All who are qualified by either the recommendation of the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, the Association for Learning Environments or by Learning By Design. They all volunteered, reviewed, scored and then debated the submitted projects in detail.  LEARNING BY DESIGN is thankful to the spring 2017 panel of jurors, our supporting organization partners, and the advertisers who helped bring you this Spring 2017 edition of LEARNING BY DESIGN







As part of a 10-year, $89.4 capital spending plan more than 900 city owned properties totaling 184 million square feet will be targeted, with most the funds being spent in outer boroughs rather than in Manhattan. According to the Commercial Observer, De Blasio said he wanted to focus on the city's infrastructure given the "uncertainty" surrounding President Donald Trump's and Congress' infrastructure plans. 

Dive Insight:

Kim Slowery of reported on 1.26.17: The New York Building Congress reported in November that both public and private institutional construction starts in the city totaled $4.6 billion in 2015, the largest figure since 2009. Schools represented $13.7 billion (53%) of that total. In June, another NYBC report found that there were $3 billion worth of school construction starts and renovations in 2015, an 83% increase from the previous year. De Blasio's plan is in line with the NYBC assertion that the city's preference is to modernize existing buildings rather than build new ones.   

Trump's current infrastructure strategy focuses on revenue-generating projects that are already significantly engineered and nearing "shovel-ready" status. These projects include airports, bridges and port facilities and lend themselves to private investment through some system of toll or user-fee collection.

The idea of private sector financing and operation of traditional public owned assets has angered Democrats, who favor direct federal spending.  A major argument against public-private partnerships (P3s) has been the concern that investors favor only profitable projects, ignoring those public assets that don't generate revenue. However, this contradicts Republicans' desire to avoid adding to the debt by spending taxpayer dollars on infrastructure projects.  

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