Press Releases

Nick AchinaATS&R Names Achina Director of Electrical Engineering

Minneapolis, MN – May 8, 2014 ATS&R is proud to announce the appointment of Nicholas Achina, P.E. as director of electrical engineering. Achina first joined ATS&R in 1995 and worked as an electrical engineering in training for two years. He rejoined the firm in 2013 as electrical engineer. Achina brings over 23 years of extensive experience in the design of lighting systems, power distribution systems, fire alarm systems, communication systems, and special systems for public and private facilities including municipal, retail, industrial, educational, healthcare, commercial, and government buildings. He excels at problem solving, cost estimating, design calculations, design schedules, equipment selection and layout, specifications, quality assurance, review of shop drawings, and construction coordination.

Achina received a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Dakota State University and is an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the North Central Electrical League.

ATS&R Partner Dean Beeninga states, “Nick’s passion and experience make him the perfect fit to direct our electrical engineering efforts. His work ethic, dedication, and positive attitude complement the entire team at ATS&R.”

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ATS&R Volunteers at FAIR School Crystal

Minneapolis, MN – April 30, 2014During the month of May, several ATS&R team members will be working with the 7th grade students at the FAIR School Crystal on a Sculpture & Courtyard Design Competition.  The students will work together to design a new sculpture for the courtyard on the west side of the school.

Working in small groups, ATS&R will assist the students in measuring the project site, analyzing the project site, recording their ideas and sketches, designing their sculpture and courtyard, creating a material list and project budget, building a scale model of their sculpture, and presenting the model of their sculpture and a drawing of their courtyard design to their peers and the selection committee. At the end of the competition, ATS&R will host a Class Completion Celebration for the volunteers as well as the students who have generated exemplary work. The selected students, their parents and volunteers will be honored with a luncheon at ATS&R’s office on May 30, 2014.

“The idea that these young students are interested in architecture excites us, as we want to encourage them to continue their career into this field. Being a recent college graduate, I want to inspire students that if they do what they are passionate about, they will always be successful,” comments Carrie Adams, ATS&R interior designer and competition volunteer. Other ATS&R volunteers include Eric Anderson, architectural intern; Josh Litwiller, architectural intern; and Jen Grimes, interior designer.

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ATS&R Selected by Weyauwega-Fremont School District

Minneapolis, MN – April 21, 2014  ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers was recently selected by the Weyauwega-Fremont School District in Wisconsin to provide facility long-range planning services/ building feasibility study. The ATS&R team will assist the District’s Board of Education and potential community-based study team in assessing the condition, use, and operational efficiency of their District school buildings now and in the foreseeable future.

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Campbellsport School District Selects ATS&R

Minneapolis, MN – April 8, 2014  The Campbellsport School District in Wisconsin recently selected ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers to provide comprehensive planning, architectural, and engineering services for their capital building project. The ATS&R team will assist the District’s Facilities Committee and the Board of Education in the selective demolition, necessary remodeling and construction of identified educational spaces at the Campbellsport Middle-High School campus.

ATS&R Partner Dean Beeninga states, “Having previously worked with the Campbellsport School District on a facilities study, we are thrilled to continue on this journey to provide improved facilities for the District’s students, staff and community. The ATS&R team is passionate about PK-12 education. We truly believe that the children of today and tomorrow will make a difference in our world.”

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