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Exterior, KLJ headquarters, Bismarck, N.D. IMAGE: JLG Architects and KLJ

Around the Office: For KLJ, HQ is A-OK

BISMARCK, N.D. - For five years, engineering firm KLJ has enjoyed occupying one of the most striking corporate headquarters in Bismarck, N.D.

Designed by JLG Architects in Grand Forks, N.D., the 80,000-square-foot building was meant to accommodate KLJ’s rapid growth, said Sherry Kulish, KLJ’s facilities manager. The company had doubled in size over the previous few years and had expanded into four separate locations in Bismarck.

“Operating in separate locations challenged our ability to be efficient,” Kulish said.

A summary of the project on describes what happened next. “When asked how the building should represent them, the client offered words like ‘conservative, stable, substantial and trustworthy,’” the website reports.

“And so, the architects proposed a solution that would offer beauty and permanence through the use of utility materials representative of KLJ’s civil engineering core – concrete, glass and steel – in a simple and elegant way.”

The building, which opened in 2013, features “an accessible green roof, permeable pavement, low flow fixtures, energy efficient appliances and lighting, and flooring, insulation, gypsum and cabinetry with recycled content,” according to

With 28 offices across seven states, KLJ has come a long way from the basement of the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson, N.D., which is where the company was launched in 1938.

Tom Dennis

Editor, Prairie Business