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Block 9

Located in the heart of Fargo, North Dakota, this 18-story mixed-use tower will enhance downtown as a destination for business, culture, and community events. Inspired by the agriculture and architectural vernacular of the Great Plains, the design of Block 9 respects Fargo’s urban heritage and scale, while introducing contemporary elements and community spaces to the historic streetscape. Befitting its prominent location in the city, the project includes an all-season public plaza for gatherings and events. The tower is set back from Broadway to preserve the rhythm and character of the streetscape. Its design references the architecture and materiality of neighboring buildings, while creating a slender profile on the skyline.

The commercial floors of the tower will house the new corporate headquarters for R.D. Offutt Company, bringing hundreds of jobs to downtown Fargo. A boutique hotel, developed by Aparium Hotel Group, will occupy the central floors of the tower. On the highest floors, residences and condominiums will feature private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, with expansive views of the city.

With a pedestrian-friendly design, the podium of Block 9 respects the scale of surrounding buildings and embraces the street and adjacent public plaza. A public arcade, framed with wood to add texture and warmth, opens out to Broadway and functions as the building’s main entrance. A multistory atrium punctuates the interior of the office floors, with an open staircase that connects workplace levels. On the fifth floor of the tower, an outdoor terrace and a glass-enclosed, multifunction ballroom and conference space overlook the plaza. When completed in 2020, Block 9 will be one of the tallest buildings in Fargo.

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