Skip to main content
Start of main content

North Dakota State Capitol Complex Master Plan

Updated facility and site master plan based on increased remote work assumptions

  • 540K

    Square Feet

  • 132


  • Bismarck, North Dakota

    Bismarck, North Dakota

New ways of working drive consolidation and long-term postponement of new construction on Capitol grounds

With more than 20 years since the previous master plan was completed for the North Dakota Capitol grounds, significant changes in technology, agency needs, and workforce trends have impacted how the campus is used. Additionally, 20 years of growth in the capital city of Bismarck have impacted development patterns, transportation needs, and the workforce.

The State engaged Stantec to provide comprehensive master planning services to address updates to the 2000 master plan. We reevaluated current needs to consider spatial requirements, aesthetics, amenities, and history—the space needs of almost fifty state agencies were included. A primary differentiator between the update and prior plans is the absence of new construction. Based on employment trends and operational needs of State agencies, analysis determined the existing facilities on campus can accommodate space needs for the next 20 years, eliminating the costly new construction of parking structures and conditioned buildings.

Altogether, the update will guide future decisions for growth while honoring the rich legacy of North Dakota’s past. John Boyle, the facilities management director, stated his recommendation for our efforts in achieving the most efficient use of tax dollars while designing the new workplace and creating a citizen-focused environment.

Meet Our Team

Liza Cohen, Senior Associate

I believe that good transportation planning gives people options, not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Nancy Locke, Principal, Urban Places Studio Leader

As we struggle with growing inequality, one of the most important things to do is work toward equity—in other words, design for everyone.
Nancy Locke Principal, Urban Places Studio Leader Read More

Joe Polacek, Urban Planner

No job is too big when you are focused on the right details.

Wendy Van Duyne, Principal

Collaboration builds community. Our projects are stronger when we work together to solve our clients’ toughest challenges.

Liza  Cohen

Senior Associate

Nancy Locke

Principal, Urban Places Studio Leader

Joe Polacek

Urban Planner

Wendy Van Duyne


We're better together

  • Become a client

    Partner with us today to change how tomorrow looks. You’re exactly what’s needed to help us make it happen in your community.

    Contact Us
  • Design your career

    Work with passionate people who are experts in their field. Our teams love what they do and are driven by how their work makes an impact on the communities they serve.

    Join the Team
End of main content
To top