As the holidays wind down, we realize the New Year is just around the corner, and we begin to reflect on the year that will soon be in the past.
2018 was a year of unprecedented growth in Sioux Falls, and we are proud to continue being a part of that great growth. This year, some of our clients moved into brand new offices, including Hegg Realtors, Jans Corporation, Keller Williams Realty, and Total Card, Inc. We truly enjoyed working with these companies to create work spaces that allow them to continue reaching new heights in their industries.
Despite the competition from online shops, local retail is still booming. Trav’s Outfitter opened a new expansive store earlier this year in Watertown. Harrisburg now has an ACE Hardware, a convenience welcomed by local residents. In Sioux Falls, Autoland moved into their new, larger, and more visible location, situated just off of I-29. And a few businesses also received face-lifts this year, including Stone’s Truck Stop in Watertown, Coffee Cup in Vermillion, and Graham Volvo, and Gilrich Mall I in Sioux Falls.
Hospitality is also alive and kicking. Two RSA-designed restaurants opened this year in Pierre: Tokyo and The Fieldhouse. Tokyo brings Japanese cuisine to the capital, while The Fieldhouse provides residents with a brand new sports bar. In Sioux Falls, we are working on two buildings that will each have a Taco John’s restaurant, with additional retail space to lease – one building is currently under construction with the other to follow soon. Similarly, we are working on two Holiday Inn Express hotels in Oregon – one in construction and one soon to be.
In the public sector, this year we’ve worked with several cities, including Watertown, Parkston, and Madison. Parkston will open their new Emergency Facility in January, while the projects in Watertown and Madison are still in the design phase. We also worked with the State of South Dakota to create an addition to the Selby DOT Truck Maintenance Shop, as well as completed a reroof on a section of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the USD campus. And we’re currently contracting with the Sioux Falls School Districtfor a remodel project that will be completed during the summer of 2019.
As for international news, we were happy to provide Daniel Maduk a design for a new home in Pajut, South Sudan. We met Daniel through our good friend, Moses, who has worked tirelessly to improve conditions in his home village of Pajut. This was the fourth design RSA has done for a building in Pajut, the three previous ones were a school, a medical clinic, and a women’s center.
In addition to her work with South Sudan, Myrna Stanley continues giving of her time for the Northern Plains Indian Art Market, and once again this year, RSA was proud to help with the layout for the annual event held at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall.
In the office, we celebrated Keith Neuharth’s 20 year anniversary with RSA! We also welcomed Shanee Mikkelson into her full time Interior Designer role. And we helped Micki (DeCurtins) Noyes celebrate her marriage to Jason Noyes.
It’s been a great year at RSArchitects, and we owe that to our great clients. We thank you sincerely for giving us the opportunity to serve you! Cheers to 2018!