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May 2018

May 1st marked Studio BV's second annual retreat day!  At our retreats, we spend our mornings out in the community doing a service project and the afternoons together celebrating our achievements over the last year and getting inspired for what is to come!

This year, we spent the morning at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis.  We brought in groceries and made a variety of freezer meals that will be available to families staying at the house that are unable to make the communal meal.  We also helped assemble thank-you packages for a school group that donated a substantial amount of money.  We were so impressed with the facility and the work of the Ronald McDonald House!  The staff and volunteers we worked with were so kind, the facility so impressive, and the mission so important!  Every year, the facilities in the Twin Cities serve over 5,000 families as they are going through the painful process of having a sick child in the hospital.  We loved being able to be a small part of this big mission!

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After we finished all of our cooking, the SBV team headed to the brand new Dayton at Gaviidae - DT Minneapolis YMCA.  We love our work with the Y and were so grateful that they let us use their space for our retreat day.  We spent the afternoon celebrating each other's personal and professional accomplishments and giving Pecha Kucha-style presentations of the work we have completed over the last year.  We ended the day with a great happy hour and an inspirational presentation by Dr. Kathleen Vohs on how art enhances meaning.  It was another great retreat and we can't wait to see where the next year will take us!

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Amy Barthel

2018 is a big year for our hometown of Minneapolis as we get to welcome sports fans from near and far for Super Bowl LII.  Our studio was lucky enough to be asked to partner with Andersen Windows + Doors and KARE 11 to design a temporary warming house and broadcast booth for them to entertain guests, host meet-and-greets, and broadcast the news during the ten days leading up to the big game.  The structure was part of a fan experience zone along Nicollet Mall called Super Bowl Live.  There were many complexities that came with this project.  There were strict size restraints (15'x60' ), many brands to represent (Andersen Windows + Doors, KARE 11, Super Bowl LII, and the NFL), and the incorporation of multiple program elements (a fan photo mosaic, a souvenir penny press, room for meet-and-greets, an LED ceiling installation, a working fireplace, and a broadcast studio).  Probably the most challenging piece, however, was that the entire structure had to be constructed along Nicollet Mall in just a few days!  Because of these complexities, we partnered with an outstanding team of industry friends to help make it happen.  Alongside Gardner Builders, Reigstad & Associates, Star Exhibits, Gopher Stage Lighting, and Andersen's internal product team, we were able to turn our vision into a reality.  The structure was designed as prefabricated panels and sections that were assembled at Star's facility and then shipped to the site and put into place.  It was a great challenge, but proof that with the right team, anything is possible.  We send out a huge THANK YOU to our whole team for a successful project!

 Construction at Star Exhibits

Construction at Star Exhibits

 Panels being put in place at the site along Nicollet Mall

Panels being put in place at the site along Nicollet Mall

 The finished product! Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

The finished product! Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

 Another finished shot. Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

Another finished shot. Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

See our project section for more finished photos!

Amy Barthel
June 2018
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We love getting to know clients and learning how the design solutions we create can help improve their business.  We love it even more when clients get to live these results.  Versique is one of these clients.  We got the opportunity to work with them on their renovation last year.  They recently wrote this post about the positive changes their new workspace has had on their business - check it out!

Courtney Armstrong