The Prairie Commons


Client: Rural Learning Center | Locations: Howard, SD
Date of Completion: 2011 | Area: 66,495 SF
LEED: Platinum

The Prairie Commons project is a major expansion of the organization’s existing facility, serving and enhancing their mission with new conference and training rooms, a community kitchen, lodging space and flexible offices for business incubators. Cutting edge sustainable technologies and materials are integrated throughout, with interactive displays providing real-time system performance data. Visitors are welcomed by a new public plaza and are invited to use a series of outdoor spaces, green roofs, and community gardens. This project is a 2011 AIA South Dakota Design Merit Award winner. The Prairie Commons is a 2011 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recipient.