If design is the heart of JLG, our communities are our lifeblood. We work hard every day to make sure what we design makes a difference to our clients, our neighbours and our region as a whole, and so it stands to reason that we should continue making a difference outside of what is expected of us. To that end, we created a three-part approach to giving back.

Architectural Responsibility

Under the 1% program, JLG had pledged to donate 1% of our billable time to not-for-profit organizations in need of architectural services. JLG Architects has been a member of the 1% program since 2011, and has donated nearly 3,000 hours to projects that wouldn’t have been built otherwise.

The 1+ program of Public Architecture

Ground Up Adventures is a small non-profit based in Grand Forks, ND, catering to adventure racing and grassroots athletic events that are uniquely tied to the area’s landscape.

The larger community which includes East Grand Forks, MN is situated at a river confluence, and Ground Up saw the opportunity to offer water-based activity rentals to the area via a boathouse on the banks.

A large amount of the services completed by JLG consisted of providing the EDC with layout options and code reviews for navigating the intricacies of the EDC’s desired spacial and programmatic configuration within the confines of the existing buildings space, while simultaneously allowing for both security and circulation for both user groups that will now be sharing the historic Grand Forks Herald building.

The International Market Plaza will enhance the local retail market with goods and services from local refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs while providing an opportunity to bring their business ideas to the mainstream economy.

The YMCA provides the longest running childcare in the city of Grand Forks. In addition to this long-standing childcare they also provide financial assistance for this service and provide a very basic service for those in need in our community.

Social Responsibility

At JLG, community in ingrained in our culture. We are proud to call North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota our home, and believe that giving back to our communities is one of the most rewarding – and fun – parts of our jobs. Our employees volunteer for the widest variety of philanthropic ventures, from Downtown Design Review boards to auto enthusiast organizations. A very small sampling of JLG’s recent corporate social giving is included here:





Habitat for Humanity
Empire Arts Center
Salvation Army, Fargo
Fargo Homeward Animal Shelter
Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program
Cully’s Kids
Alexandria High School Tailgating
Adopt-a-Highway, Alexandria
ND Museum of Art
Minot FOP Lodge
MSP Gives Back
Salvation Army, Grand Forks Adopt-a-Family
Home on the Range
Alexandria Area Friends of Hockey
YMCA Fargo
YMCA Grand Forks
Girl Scouts
GF Senior Center
ND Blind/Deaf School
Dakota Science Center
Sharing & Caring Hands
Altru Foundation
Boy Scouts of America
Sanford Health Foundation
Minot YMCA
Bismarck YMCA
Minot Public School Foundation
Mercy Medical Foundation
March of Dimes
Special Olympics
The Village Family Service Center
Williston Basin Skating Club
Downtown Community Partnership Fargo
Grand Forks Baseball

Academic Responsibility

The best way to make sure you are always hiring the top talent is to help grow the top talent. From high school and university scholarships to conference sponsorships to career fairs and job shadows, JLG has made it our mission to give future architects and community leaders the best opportunities for success.

  • Think Outside the Desk

    JLG invited college students throughout North Dakota to submit 2-3 minute videos about how they use their various academic spaces. Winners received cash prizes, as well as recognition from their respective college president and representatives.

  • Green & Gold Tour

    JLG hosts an annual Green & Gold Tour, which brings NDSU Architecture students to Grand Forks, ND to tour Black Gold Headquarters (LEED Gold) and UND Gorecki Alumni Center (LEED Platinum) in order to educate them on how to incorporate innovate and low-cost sustainability design elements.

  • Architects-in-Training

    JLG hosts and sponsors Lego contests, children’s art festivals, and classroom-based Earth Day presentations around the region to activate young minds and get them thinking about architecture.

  • Career Presentations

    JLG has a “be honest, be detailed, be available” mentality when it comes to educating high school and college students about the career benefits in architecture, and often sends our staff out to speak to area business symposiums and college classrooms and architecture programs about our industry.


For 26 years, JLG architects has helped our clients work leaner, cleaner and better, with a commitment to sustainability and preservation.

Providing professional architectural services to the upper mid-west with offices in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

JLG Architects

124 North Third Street
Grand Forks, ND 58203
P: (701) 746-1727