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Sammons Financial Group Building Architect: Koch Hazard Architects. Completion: 2009. Brief: $17.6 million, 120,000-s.f. office building incorporates geothermal energy and an open structural grid to maximize flexibility; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

Local Market: Sioux Falls, S.D.

Local Market: Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • CNA Surety Office Building Architect: Perspective Inc., Sioux Falls. Completion: 2012. Brief: $25 million, 224,400-g.s.f. office project replaces a former lumberyard on the Big Sioux River and will serve as the eastern gateway to downtown; seeking LEED Silver.

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    CNA Surety Office Building Architect: Perspective Inc., Sioux Falls. Completion: 2012. Brief: $25 million, 224,400-g.s.f. office project replaces a former lumberyard on the Big Sioux River and will serve as the eastern gateway to downtown; seeking LEED Silver.

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    Perspective Inc.

    CNA Surety Office Building
    Architect: Perspective Inc., Sioux Falls.
    Completion: 2012.
    Brief: $25 million, 224,400-g.s.f. office project replaces a former lumberyard on the Big Sioux River and will serve as the eastern gateway to downtown; seeking LEED Silver.

  • Our Saviors Lutheran Church Architect: Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls. Completion: 2010. Brief: $9.9 million, 70,000-s.f. expansion doubles size, adds new entry and 850-seat Celebrate Center, a gymnasium, and more; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

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    Our Saviors Lutheran Church Architect: Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls. Completion: 2010. Brief: $9.9 million, 70,000-s.f. expansion doubles size, adds new entry and 850-seat Celebrate Center, a gymnasium, and more; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

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    Koch Hazard Architects

    Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    Architect: Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls.
    Completion: 2010.
    Brief: $9.9 million, 70,000-s.f. expansion doubles size, adds new entry and 850-seat Celebrate Center, a gymnasium, and more; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

  • Sammons Financial Group Building Architect: Koch Hazard Architects. Completion: 2009. Brief: $17.6 million, 120,000-s.f. office building incorporates geothermal energy and an open structural grid to maximize flexibility; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

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    Sammons Financial Group Building Architect: Koch Hazard Architects. Completion: 2009. Brief: $17.6 million, 120,000-s.f. office building incorporates geothermal energy and an open structural grid to maximize flexibility; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

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    Koch Hazard Architects

    Sammons Financial Group Building
    Architect: Koch Hazard Architects.
    Completion: 2009.
    Brief: $17.6 million, 120,000-s.f. office building incorporates geothermal energy and an open structural grid to maximize flexibility; winner, AIA South Dakota 2010 Merit Award.

  • South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center Architect: TSP, Sioux Falls. Completion: 2009. Brief: 263-acre campus 10-year build-out plan starts with this 60,000-s.f. educational building and the 21,000-s.f. Graduate Education and Applied Research Center; winner, AIA South Dakota 2009 Honor Award.

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    South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center Architect: TSP, Sioux Falls. Completion: 2009. Brief: 263-acre campus 10-year build-out plan starts with this 60,000-s.f. educational building and the 21,000-s.f. Graduate Education and Applied Research Center; winner, AIA South Dakota 2009 Honor Award.

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    South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center
    Architect: TSP, Sioux Falls.
    Completion: 2009.
    Brief: 263-acre campus 10-year build-out plan starts with this 60,000-s.f. educational building and the 21,000-s.f. Graduate Education and Applied Research Center; winner, AIA South Dakota 2009 Honor Award.

MARKET STRENGTHS
• Cultural amenities, public parks
• Low unemployment
• Diverse economy

MARKET CONCERNS
• Aging infrastructure and buildings
• Managing sprawl
• Maintaining “inner ring” of historic neighborhoods

POPULATION & JOB GROWTH
Current population: 235,300 in the metro area, with 2,0003,000 more moving in each year. December 2010 unemployment: 4.9%. The city was ranked No. 11 on Parenting’s 2010 list of best family cities, and No. 77 on Money’s 2010 list of best small cities.

“This is a fabulous place to raise a family,” asserts Dan Hindbjorgen, vice president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “When we recruit businesses or when local businesses recruit new people, they love it.”

RESIDENTIAL MARKET
The median home sale price was $147,500 for the third quarter of 2010.

“We do have extra supply of residential properties for sale and extra commercial space that is available,” says Sean Ervin, AIA, a principal in TSP’s Sioux Falls office. “This availability has led to fewer construction starts, which does impact everyone.”

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MARKET
Total office market: 12.6 million s.f., of which 14.84% was vacant in mid-2010, with an average asking rate of $10.95/s.f. Commercial building permits increased 10% in 2010.

“Many projects are awaiting funding, while others are moving forward in order to take advantage of the lower construction prices,” notes Mark Aspaas, AIA, vice president of local firm Architecture Incorporated. “Public work seems to be moving forward more rapidly than private work—again, the result of financing.” Locals are considering several major projects, including an events center, a branch library, and an amateur sports venue. Adds Hindbjorgen: “It’s unfortunate when government is spending all the money, but they are investing.”

FORECAST
“The economic slowdown started later, was shallower, and may finish sooner than in most of the rest of the country,” says Jeff Hazard, CEO of local firm Koch Hazard Architects. “This year will likely see a gain in building permits over 2010, with more substantial improvement coming in 2012. Over the next five to 10 years, Sioux Falls will see … a growing higher education presence, including the development of the new Department of Architecture at South Dakota State University, continued healthcare system expansion, and continued downtown development.”