LEO A DALY Wins Grand Design Award for National Guard Headquarters from Society of American Military Engineers

The award was presented to members of the planning, architecture, engineering and interior design team LEO A DALY during the Society Ball & Awards gala during the JETC 2022 conference on Thursday May 12 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado.

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Nestled among the hills, wetlands and mature oak trees of a federal cantonment area, the project makes the landscape a central element of the design. The black building blends like a shadow into the surroundings while striving to lessen its impact on the surrounding ecosystem. From a previously contaminated state, the site has been restored to its natural harmony, with building systems, waterways, ancient forest and breeding bird habitats integrated as a sustainable whole.

The members of the prize jury praised the project for its:

  • “Elegant design [that] fits well into the existing site – long and low. Great use of passive and active sustainable systems to reduce energy consumption.”
  • “Great care and respect for the ecology of the site; preservation of wetlands, trees, natural landscape and ecosystems.”
  • “High-level integration of energy and water conservation techniques, plus use of innovative geothermal technologies.”
  • “Excellent master plan and building design and execution for site and functional program.”

Completed in October 2020, the 149,735 square foot facility reinvents the National Guard’s readiness center for a new era of challenges in war, peacekeeping and emergency response. The construction program responds to the evolving National Guard mission in the 21st century, providing a secure space for advanced cyber activities, a Class A workplace designed to recruit tech talent, and a highly sustainable design and resilient that honors the National Guard’s commitment to the community and the future.

The building’s iconic architecture represents a defining milestone for the 34th Infantry Division.”red bulls“, offering a link to the past and demonstrating respect for the site. The use of color, materials and form expresses the simplicity and clarity of the activities within and provides visual impact while remaining true to the pragmatic sensitivities of the region, the client, and the communities it serves.

“LEO A DALY’s long history of design excellence for the federal government has led to this achievement for a project that captures the spirit and mission of the Minnesota National Guard in great detail. This recognition signifies our dedication to design that enhances the human experience and the natural environment while delivering lifecycle cost-effectiveness, facilitating mission accomplishment, and positively impacting our federal agencies,” said the President. by LEO A DALY Steven A. LichtenbergerAIA.


LEO A DALY is a leader in holistic, high-performance design, specializing in planning, architecture, engineering, interior design and program management. Since 1915, the company’s unwavering focus on design excellence has resulted in exceptional spaces that enhance and enrich the human experience. The company’s diverse and award-winning portfolio includes projects in a wide range of markets in more than 91 countries, all 50 U.S. states and District of Colombia. For more information, visit www.leoadaly.com.


Abdul J. Gaspar