GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Houston Engineering is enjoying its new office in Grand Forks, a modern-style building with room enough to grow.
The office building, which has about 2,500 square-feet plus a 700-square-foot garage, is located at 4399 S. Columbia Road and was designed by Enclave. It opened in September but to little fanfare because of the pandemic. The company instead held a ribbon cutting this spring, said Trent Berg, a civil engineer who also is the office manager.
In total, Houston Engineering has eight offices in three states -- the Dakotas and Minnesota. The company formerly held space in Grand Forks at the Center for Innovation on the University of North Dakota campus.
Berg said it is nice to be in the company’s own building, but with one drawback: “It's nice and quiet,” he said. “Maybe a little bit lonely, because we're not interacting with other people. But it's nice.”
What’s nice about it?
For starters, it's a nice-looking facility, one which the company is proud to call its own. The interior -- which has offices, cubicle-desk space, a reception area to greet visitors, conference room, and break room with kitchen setting -- is conducive to a productive work environment. He credits Enclave for that, which Berg said did an exceptional job both inside and outside the building. And, he said, if down the road as more people are hired and the office ever begins to feel too cramped, a wall can be removed to extend the space.
“It's a nice space,” he said. “It’s nice to have our own space and with our name on it. It is pretty nice to see.”
The location also is a boon, especially looking at growth down the road, both at the company and in the community.
“It’s a good location because we’re on the south end of town where a lot of the development is happening and will continue to take place,” Berg said. “It puts us close to the action.”