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Lonnie J. Laffen

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JLG Architects
124 North Third Street
Grand Forks , North Dakota 58203
United States

Company Description: JLG Architects, one of the ZweigWhite's Top 20 Architecture Firms to Work For in the country and the 1994 AIA IDP Firm of the Year, has a tremendous opportunity for...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor's degrees
    North Dakota State University
85 Total References
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Board of Directors - Altru Health System - Grand Forks, ND, 8 Feb 2015 [cached]
Lonnie Laffen Vice Chair President JLG Architects
"If you look at the options, ..., 21 Sept 2008 [cached]
"If you look at the options, there's a fairly sensible solution in there," said Lonnie Laffen, a consultant hired by the city to help with the redesign of government buildings.
Floods pose an unusual challenge for designers and architects, Laffen said.
Designers must meet the city's need and comply with FEMA rules for buildings in a flood plain.Uncertainty about the future lingers.Decisions that rest with the federal government could shape which plan Cedar Rapids chooses.
Laffen, a partner at JLG Architects in Grand Forks, N.D., said building a flood wall too close to the riverbank downtown would hinder efforts to protect the buildings on May's Island - including City Hall and the Linn County Courthouse, both of which flooded in June.
The location of flood walls and levees - up close to the river, or set farther back - will determine their height and cost, said Laffen, the Grand Forks consultant.Grand Forks revamped its flood safeguards after a comparable flood devastated the town of 52,000 in 1997.
The removal of houses in Grand Forks was offset by a buzz of construction that Laffen said helped strengthen the economy.The town lost thousands of residents, but it improved its quality of life for residents who stayed.
"Economically, we thought there would be a huge financial impact, but there wasn't," Laffen said.
Cedar Rapids' Option 1 would set most of the levees and flood walls at the river's edge.Laffen said the proposal would preserve more existing neighborhoods, but it would cost more than others and would require taller walls to shield the public.
Planners also have floated the possibility of rerouting the river around the city, a plan that would cost at least $2.8 billion and take a decade to complete.The suggestion was not included in any of the three main strategies.
Laffen said the use of green space - which will require some property buyouts - would most likely win public support.
"People want to be protected from this happening again," he said."It's just too painful."
Koch Hazard - News, 9 Mar 2009 [cached]
"We've always felt that sustainability is important, mostly because of where we live," said Lonnie Laffen, JLG's co-founder and a principal in the firm.
Grand Forks Herald | 11/08/2003 | Downtown group elects board, officers, 8 Nov 2003 [cached]
Lonnie Laffen has been elected co-chair.
Laffen is an architect and partner with Johnson Laffen Galloway Architects and heads offices located in downtown Grand Forks and Minneapolis.
Laffen has more than 20 years as a practicing architect and is immediate past president of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
He chaired the design committee for Re-Imagining Downtown following the Flood of 1997.Laffen currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Knight Foundation and the Grand Forks Special Assessment Commission.
"We are very excited to be ..., 22 Jan 2015 [cached]
"We are very excited to be able to expand to South Dakota," said JLG President Lonnie Laffen.
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