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FDI was founded by Gene Fennell in 2006 at the suggestion of peers, consultants and contractors. The initial mission of Fennell Design was to continue ivolvement with the traditional delivery method of Design Services and have more fun doing it! Our office staff works in a studio setting which allows for a collaborative design process with all members contributing to the design and development process as we progresss to their specific areas of expertise. FDI has a solid reputation for its ability to handle complex, multi-phased projects that allow building operations to continue throughout the construction process. Wih an extensive background in construction and construction management, FDI also has a reputation for 'construct-able' projects with the ability to quickly resolve any site issues that may arise.

Gene Fennell, AIA, LEED® AP
PRINCIPAL/ARCHITECT

QUALIFICATIONS
More than 35 years experience in commercial & residential design and construction.
Professional skills include Design, Project Management, Specification Writing, & Construction Management.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Fennell Design, Inc.
Architecture & Project Management
Custer, SD & Rapid City, SD 2006–Current
Architecture, Interiors & Project Management

Lund Associates, Ltd.
Architecture
Rapid City, SD & Gulfport, MS 1992–2006
Design, Project Management, Office Management
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EDUCATION
Iowa State University; BA Architecture
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PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
LEED® Accredited Professional
Architect Licenses: SD, CO, WY, WI
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse, SD 1985–1989
Design & Construction;
Blasting Program Authorship, Blasting

D.C. Taylor
Construction, Design-Build
Cedar Rapid, IA 1982–1985
National Production Manager

Skogman Midwest
Development & Design
Cedar Rapid, IA 1975–1982
Lead Designer; Quality Control

Cindy Chapman, NCIDQ
INTERIOR DESIGN

QUALIFICATIONS
More than 35 years experience in commercial and residential design.
Professional skills include programming, space planning, conceptual design and development, presentation, construction documentation & detailing, CAD, furniture & finish specification and field supervision.
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Fennell Design Inc.
Architecture & Project Management
Rapid City, SD 2012–present
Interior Design

Architecture by Thurston
Architecture and Interior Design
Rapid City, SD 1995–1996
Interior Design

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EDUCATION
Arts Institute at Portland
Associate of Arts in Interior Design
Portland, Oregon
Honors, June 1977
Lund Associates, Ltd.
Architecture, Interior Design and Planning
Rapid City, SD 1981–1989, 1996–2012
Interior Design

TSP Three Inc.
Architecture Engineering and Interior Design
Rapid City, SD 1989–1995
Interior Designer & CAD technician

The Custer County Courthouse (CCC) was constructed in the early 1970s. The existing structure is a single story building of concrete masonry materials. Fennell Design, Inc was hired in 2006 to provide a Space Analysis and recommended solutions.

Interviews of all departments indicated a facility that was undersized by 40%. FDI completed the design in March 2010 and the project recently bid 20% under budget. Ultimately the building combines the services of three building under a single roof, maximizing County resources. The project has a goal of LEED Silver.

Custer County Courthouse
Custer, South Dakota
Type: Courthouse
Completed: Under Construction
Size: 30,000 sq.ft.
Cost: $5 million

LEED:  Goal of Silver

The Custer Community Hospital with Regional Health is currently in Schematic Design. The project consists of two major additions including a new Emergency Department addition and a new walk-in clinic with an option for shell space on the second level. The current schematic design carefully balanced the needs of doctors andnurses in terms of work flow with the necessities of maintenance and materials management. Dual access service rooms connecting to the corridor and procedure spaces allow for loading/unloading of supplies minimizing impedance of public circulation. The plan plans for future growth in a measured, thought-out way.
Custer Regional Hospital
Custer, SD
Type: Hospital & Clinic
Completed: In Sconstruction Documents
Size: approx. 30,000 sq ft
Cost: Public Bid 
Following recommendations from a 2009 Facility Master Plan, Pennington County began the Schematic Design process for campus expansion.  Plans include a 2 story addition to the existing parking structure, a new County/City Evidence building, a new Administration building and renovations to the original Historic Courthouse building.  County services in the new building include:  Commission, Auditor, Treasurer, Deeds, Equalization, Planning, Buildings & Groungs, IT, Human Resources, 911, Fire/EM, Public Defender & States Attorney.  The project is currently under Schematic Design.
Pennington County Campus Expansion - Phase 1
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type:  Courthouse Campus Expansion            Completed:  Ongoing                                 Project Cost:  40 million                                 *Fennell Design teamed with ARC International and Leo A Daly to complete this project.
Fennell Design with BKV Group was awarded the Pennington County Facilities Master Plan Project, currently in progress. This multi-phased planning endeavor includes an analysis of the Rapid City Area County facilities and the functions housed within them, identification of staff functions, current space utilization, as well as comparison to standardized metrics from county facilities to develop a needs assessment, all summarized by a Master Plan. A county wide Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy and Plan is being simultaneously developed.
Pennington County Facilities Master Plan
Pennington County, South Dakota
Type: Facilities Master Plan
Completed: ongoing

The Pennington County Courthouse Campus project included an addition of two floors on top of the Public Safety Building and the complete renovation of the existing floors; new shooting range, jail addition inclusive of 252 beds of high & medium security cells, 128 beds of minimum security (dorm-like) controlled incarceration, new medical center and upgrade of the security controls and visitation, as well as a new parking ramp and 250+ parking spaces. The original historic jail was converted to training offices and a multi-purpose classroom.
Pennington County Courthouse*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Courthouse Complex Renovations & Additions
Completed: 2006
Cost: $18.5 million
*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 
Built in the late 1970s, the Pennington County Public Safety Building was planned for additional floors.  However, encroachment of subsequent structures limited the possibilities.  Through careful analysis and a creative approach that left the existing roof system in place, two floors were added on top of the building while all spaces, functions and public interaction continued through the eight-phase project.  No spaces were left untouched and only eight people were temporarily relocated for two weeks in the process.
PC Public Safety Building*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type:  Government/Institutional
Completed:  2006

*Gene Fennell served as Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

The Rapid City Public Library was a renovation and major addition project. The project involved complicated phasing in order for the library to remain in operation for the duration of the construction and to accommodate transfer of entrances and relocation of the resource and customer service desks. The project included a two-story addition, additional parking and a new Reading Solarium. In 2008, USA Today named this library one of "10 Great Places to Find a Nook & Read a Book!"
Rapid City Public Library*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Library
Completed: 2003
Size: 19,000 sq.ft.
Cost: $3.4 million
*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM 
for this project while with another firm.
The main floor of the facility includes (2) ambulance bays accommodating (4) carriages, Operations Office, Billing Office, Training Office, Training Space for 30 people, laundry & service kitchenette, restrooms & mechanical/electrical/server spaces. The second level includes: Dormitory setting of (4) private sleeping rooms, day room, kitchen, personal storage and a direct-to-the-ambulance-bay stair. The facility was designed to fit into the residential feel of the neighborhood and sited to take advantage of natural grade slopes and sun angles.
Custer Ambulance Service
Custer, South Dakota
Type: Emergency Services
Completed: 2008
Size: 6983 sf
Cost: $875,000

 

 

 

The Regional multi-county Juvenile Service Center was completed in 1994 and contained detention beds, observation/holding beds and 16 shelter beds, interior and exterior recreation space, food prep area, training and education spaces. In 2000 Gene served as Designer/Project Manager for an expansion project including 36 detention beds, 12 shelter beds, additional booking/holding and a larger vehicle sally port. The project was completed on time and with less than 0.5% change orders.
Juvenile Services Center*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Correctional
Completed: 2001
Cost: $3.7 million

*Gene Fennell served as Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

Two levels of above grade parking on a sloping site, the Pennington County Parking Structure accommodates 225 spaces of raised parking and 125 surface level parking spaces.  The foundation is structured to accommodate two more levels (224 spaces).  A second level connection allows users to walk, via a covered ramp to the central Courts and Public Safety Plaza.  The structure has physical accommodations for future crosswalk connections to the east and to the north as well as an elevator.
PC Parking Structure*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type:  Parking Structure
Completed:  2006

*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

The Jail Annex inclusive of 252 beds of high and medium security cells, 128 beds of minimum security (dorm-like) controlled incarceration, new medical center and upgrade of the security controls and visitation is projected to handle needs for the next ten years.  Precast concrete duo-cell units were designed to the latest (at the time) ACA Standards.  Each 64-Bed Classification Pod can be managed by a single officer.  The structure is made up of 2 two-level pods separated by an interstitial level with a dormitory level below.  Transport is in a grade level paring impound.
Pennington County Jail*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type:  Correctional
Completed:  2006

*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

Rapid City Fire Station #1 is an approximately 18,000 square foot project located in the downtown area. The existing building is in need of major renovation to address current programmatic needs as well as health, safety and ADA requirements. FDI has completed an initial recommendation phase where building resources were evaluated and current and future needs assessed to obtain a clearer indication of project scope and budget. The next phase of work will be schematic design, intended to be presented as part of the 2012 Capitol Improvement Projects for Rapid City.
Fire Station #1
Rapid City, SD
Type: Emergency Services
Completed: Ongoing
Size: 18,000 sqft
The Prairie Berry Winery design is a response to the desire to reference traditional mining structures. The added-to-as-required look is intentional. As the Prairie Berry business grows, so will the need for expansion. The facility was designed to accept and embrace the "added-to" look. The references to "old-world" simplicity and functionality continue to the interior with exposed structure, hand-crafted door hardware, light fixtures and stone fireplace.  Prairie Berry is currently in Phase IV of construction.
Prarie Berry Winery
Type: Manufacturing/Retail
Completed: Ongoing
LEED: Goal of Silver
ProHealth is a Professional Office completed in May 2007. The more than 4,000 SF building houses Thera-Care (speech therapy), Custer Home-Heath Offices as well as a Visiting Specialist's Suite. The design is a result of the programming requirements, operational functions, and the desire to have a new look for the Custer Community. The Craftsman-style vernacular sits well on the rocky knob and helps screen the parking from the drive-by public. This project was the first designed VRV-Daikin HVAC system in South Dakota.
ProHealth Properties
Custer, South Dakota
Type: Clinic/Office
Completed: 5/2007
Size: 4000 sf
Cost: $1.1 Million
The Historic Fairmont Creamery is a long-time icon on Main Street, Rapid City. The building has been placed on the Historic Register and has been remodeled with Historic Preservation oversight.  Fennell Design went to great lengths to highlight the original building fabric and materials within the context of a modern renovation.  The adapted reuse plan includes a restaurant and several professional office suites. Future projects include: reinstallation of an elevator, replacement of windows and electrical and HVAC infra-structure. This building is home to the Rapid City office of Fennell Design Inc.  
Fairmont Creamery
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Historic Renovation & Repurpose
Completed: ongoing
Size: 26,000 sq.ft.

 

A fire destroyed the popular Wrangler Restaurant in June, 2008, putting twenty people out of work. Fennell Design, Inc. was asked to design the replacement for the local favorite, family-owned restaurant. The newly completed restaurant opened for business in June 2009.  Initial reports from the Owners tells us the new-look Wrangler is exceeding expectations by 20%.
Wrangler
Custer, South Dakota
Type: Restaurant
Completed: 2009
Size: 3170 sq.ft.
Cost: $600,000

 

The Custer Liquor Store project began with a request to review drawings and suggest improvements for an existing simple wood-framed, single-story structure. The project has been bid and is pending acceptance by the City and Citizens. The new liquor store is attached to the adjacent Water Treatment Plant to give north-bound travelers a new introduction to Custer.
Custer Liquor Store
Custer, South Dakota
Type: Retail
Completed: Schematic Design
Size: 3104 sq.ft.
Cost: $375,000 (Est.)
The Mainstreet Marketplace project was completed by Gene Fennell, as Designer and Project Manager, while with another firm. The project provided a unique opportunity to add a modern aesthetic to the atmosphere of Main Street in Custer. The concrete block building was a "white box" project. FDI has since provided Tenant Improvement design for three occupants.
Mainstreet Marketplace*
Custer, South Dakota
Type: Retail 
Completed: 2008

*Gene Fennell served as Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

 

The Highmark Federal Credit Union project began as a design-build effort with RCS Construction in January 2007. The client had specific exterior design choices as well as a partial existing building that needed to be accommodated in the design. The Owner remodeled an adjacent building to use during construction. The remote teller system was constructed and operational prior to vacating the credit union for construction.
Highmark Federal Credit Union
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Commercial
Completed: 2009
Size: 17,000 sq.ft.
Cost: $3.35 million

 

The Rapid City Ice Arena began as a new construction project. The Ice Arena was part of a complex of recreation-based projects for the City of Rapid City located on the same site, including a Swim Center, a future Gymnasium, an Outdoor Arena and Outdoor Pool. The Ice Arena includes a snack bar, ticket sales windows, skate sharpening, free skate lockers, team's official locker rooms with dressing and shower facilities, as well as a typical ice-finishing service area. Specialty consultants were utilized for Structural, Mechanical, Electrical & Refrigeration systems. Significant water table obstacles were overcome in the design and construction phases of the project.
Rapid City Ice Arena*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Recreation
Completed: 2002
Size: 34,000 sqft
Cost: $4.3 million
*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 
The Rapid City Swim Center began as a new construction project.  The Swim Center included two swimming pools (one for leisure and one for competition), racquetball courts, a dance/multipurpose space, Rapid City Recreation Department offices, lockers and an eventual connection to a gymnasium component. Specialty consultants were utilized for Programming and the Natatorium. Significant water table obstacles were overcome in the design and construction phases of the project.
Rapid City Swim Center*
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type: Recreation
Completed: 2005
Cost: $8.2 million

*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

Apple Springs Resort in the Black Hills at Boulder Canyon, between Deadwood and Sturgis, is a planned resort community like no other in South Dakota. This multi-phased project encompasses a new 18 hole championship golf course, lakes, conference park area as well as luxury condominiums and upscale private residences. While several design projects in Apple Springs are complete, there is much still on the drawing board and in the design development phase—including a Golf Clubhouse, Lodge, and Carriage House.
Apple Springs Resort
Boulder Canyon, South Dakota
Type: Residential/Resort
Completed: ongoing
Size: 600 Acres

 

Fennell Design, Inc. & ARC International teamed together to accomplish facility upgrades for the SD Game, Fish & Park, Custer State Park Campus. The project involved multiple buildings at several campuses throughout the 114 square mile park. All of the buildings are of historic significance, many having been built by CCC forces in the 1920s & 1930s. Fennell Design Inc. was responsible for Historic Preservation analysis, documentation and process of maintenance, as well as design and Construction Administration of the Blue Bell Campus, pictured above.
Custer State Park Facility Upgrades
Custer State Park, South Dakota
Type: Recreation 
Completed: 2007
Cost: $12.5 million

 

Gene Fennell completed multiple addition and remodel projects for the Douglas School District at three separate schools. Projects include Douglas High School: new Patriot football & track stadium, library, cafeteria & courtyard, weight training & new boiler room additions; Badger Clark Elementary: 2 classroom wings, library, media room, offices; Francis Case Elementary: classroom, library, office; Carousel Elementary: multi-purpose activity area, lobby, and offices.
Douglas Schools*
Box Elder, South Dakota
Type: Education
Completed: 2006

*Gene Fennell served as the Designer/PM
for this project while with another firm. 

As part of an architectural dissertation Tanya developed a Prototype Classroom Pod for the Hawaii Department of Education. The pods were designed to be responsive to varying site conditions that could be utilized for planned new schools, as well as being phased into existing school sites to gradually replace classrooms as needed. The pod design highlighted natural ventilation, daylighting strategies, acoustical and thermal control while closely interconnected with climate and site.
DOE Hawaii—Classroom Pod
Hoopili, Hawaii
Type: Education Prototype
Completed: 4/2008
As part of an architectural dissertation, Tanya evaluated more than 25 elementary and middle school existing classroom buildings in Honolulu, Hawaii. Classrooms were constructed in 1940s and 50s and were not conducive learning environments. In the context of research addressing architectural spatial modification specific to children's learning environments, guidelines for renovation work were developed that balanced the financial considerations for the Department of Education.
DOE Hawaii—Renovations
Hoopili, Hawaii
Type:  Education 
Completed:  4/2008 

 

The clients expressed an interest in a home that would reflect their interests in nature-art, their regard for their dog and horse companions.  A full sized tree, artistically interpreted and staged, with natural stone masonry quarried on-site is the visual feature within the residence. The vertical cedar log and heavy timber framed house will sit snuggled into the hill-slope to minimize its visual impact, an expression of the Owner’s humble personalities.
Wheeler Residence
Pringle, South Dakota
Type:  Residence
Completed:  Under Construction
Size:   sqft

 

 

 

 

Magic Canyon Residence was a Design-Build project in conjunction with a local general contractor.  The Owners wanted a complete renovation that would blend with the natural canyon surroundings.  Fennell Design assisted the Owners with a complete redesign, preserving only the original foundation.  The fast-track project began construction within two weeks of initial concept sketches with completed construction in six months.  The house features all natural stone from Montana and hand-hewn heavy wood timbers and interior trim.  
Magic Canyon Residence
Rapid City, South Dakota
Type:  Residence                                  Completed:  December 2010                           Size:  4054 sqft                                           Project Cost:  $750,000
The Martins chose a beautiful valley near Pringle, SD as the site for their new home to share with their beloved horses. Their immediate needs included activity spaces for entertaining, as well as a home that would reflect their love of the outdoors, early mornings and evenings. The plan speaks to their connection to nature and the sharing of fellowship & food. Their retirement to the Black Hills will be about sharing common interests with old and new friends.
Martin Residence
Pringle, South Dakota
Type:  Residence
Completed:  Under Construction
Size:  sqft 

 

The Brink Lake house is a simple yet functional plan. Creating a comfortable environment to enjoy summer days at the lake with family and friends was top priority, with the possible option of becoming a primary retirement residence. The home is situated to maximize views of Lake Angustora and offers plenty of living space both inside and out, to accommodate grandkids and entertaining. Exterior finish materials include Fiber Cement Board Siding and a Metal Panel Roof.
Brink Lake House
Lake Angustora, South Dakota
Type:  Private Residence
Completed:  2009
Size:  sqft 

 

 

 

The Mosley Residence is an exercise in getting the most out of a challenging granite outcrop site and taking advantage of southern exposure and southeast views. The north exposure to the rock outcropping allows for north light into their gallery/connective space organizing hallway.  By setting the main floor up in its relationship to the rock outcropping, we raised the eye level to overlook the initial road view to oversee the adjacent valley.  
Moseley Beuhler Residence
Custer, South Dakota
Type:  Residence
Completed:  Under Construction
Size:  sqft 

 

 

Email

General Email: Fennell Design, Inc
Gene Fennell, Owner: gene@fendesinc.com
Cindy Chapman, Interiors: cindy@fendesinc.com

Office Locations

Rapid City, South Dakota
1113 St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
P 605.716.0520
P 1.800.556.8791

Custer, South Dakota
237 N. 6th Street
Custer, South Dakota 57730
P 605.673.6336