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Designing Dickinson: Schutz Foss Architects sets up office in ND

Schutz Foss designed the Occidental Petroleum Co. building in north Dickinson.

After doing business in Dickinson for seven years, Schutz Foss Architects, P.C. decided to set up permanent shop here.

The business, originating in Billings, Mont., first expanded to Gillette, Wyo., in 1999 and began in Dickinson in March 2011, President Allen Rapacz said.

"We've been in the area for a long time," the East Grand Forks, Minn., native said. "I guess what was probably a deciding factor for us is that we had a contractor locally that encouraged us to open an office and we also had a client that encouraged us to open an office."

The firm is leaving its mark on Dickinson. It has been operating with Marathon Oil Co. since it began working in Dickinson, it designed the Kostelecky strip mall at State and 15th and the additions to the Dickinson Church of Latter Day Saints, as well as several other commercial buildings and a few residential developments and custom homes, Rapacz said.

"What I'm really proud of in our presence in the community," he said. "We're raising the bar for good design."

Dr. Jon Kostelecky, who owns the Kostelecky strip mall, was very pleased with the work Schutz Foss did with his building.

"I would hire them in an instant," he said. "Again."

Schutz Foss begins the design process with a consultation with the client to get an understanding of what they want and need in a property, Rapacz said. The client could be an individual, developer or contractor. Once the firm gets an idea of what the client wants, it proceeds into design development. From there it puts in the construction documents with final detail drawings.

"We rely a lot on what the owner -- what their needs are and then they need to help review the drawings at the time so we make sure we're on the same page," he said. "You start real loose, conceptually, and then you get more and more detailed as the process goes on."

Schutz Foss is located at 2125 Sims in north Dickinson. To call: 701-290-1925 or visit the website at

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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