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Watford City High School Receives Design Award


October 18, 2017 | View PDF

Two projects by JLG Architects have earned design awards, including the top Honor Award, from the North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards were presented at the annual AIA North Dakota Awards Conference in Fargo “for distinguished accomplishments in design and the profession of architecture.”

HONOR AWARD-Watford City High School; Watford City, ND:

After explosive oil boom-related growth, the McKenzie County School District and JLG Architects came together to initiate an aggressive plan to not only meet their space needs, but create a new-and-improved academic program to transform their future graduates and create a sense and identity for the whole community. A new high school facilitates the 21st Century collaborative learning environment and flexible education needed in the modern day delivery of academics. An open, light-filled concourse greets students, staff and visitors and is the organizing “street” that connects all the components of the buildings program, all the way from the gym to the classroom wing and everything in between. The concourse, locker bays and cafeteria and kitchen offer sweeping views of the site and landscape beyond. The design includes exciting and modern athletic facilities that work together with the adjacent event center for an unprecedented teaching experience and venue. The cafeteria and kitchen are a destination point in the building, rather than a circulation space which allows for its flexible use as a teaching and community event space without disruption. A state-of-the–art theater is located in the heart of the facility and provides new opportunities for the students and enhances opportunities for the arts in the entire community.

JLG is a 100-percent employee owned full service architecture firm, founded in 1989 by Lonnie Laffen and Gary Johnson. Today, the firm has grown to twelve offices with over 100 employees, and was one of the 50 Best Places to work in American by Inc Magazine. For more information about JLG Architects, visit


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