Municipal Projects
Brooklyn Park Police image

Brooklyn Park Police image
Police Facility Addition and Remodeling
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

The police facility for the City of Brooklyn Park is an addition and remodeling of the existing facility constructed in 1986.  The building was doubled in size with a number of interior modifications to improve space organization, functionality and operations for the patrol, investigation and detention units required to meet the needs of a fully developed city of 85,000 persons. A new public entrance was created to relate visually with the entrance to the adjacent City Hall.  Both the lobby and the training room are two stories tall where the top section is clad in translucent material emitting light to its surroundings like a beacon.

Brooklyn Park Police image

Brooklyn Park Police Facility image

Woodbury Central Park photo

Woodbury Central Park photo




Woodbury Central Park/Washington County Library
Woodbury, Minnesota

Starting as an idea for a year-round visual symbol and gathering place for all segments of the City of Woodbury, the project evolved into a public/private partnership between the City, Washington County, YMCA, and local school district. The program included a:

  • Branch Public Library of 40,000 square feet, including a Children’s Library and County Library Administration Offices.
  • Indoor Central Park of 25,000 square feet for passive recreation that will appeal to all age groups, including a Children’s Activity Area, 200-seat amphitheatre, coffee shop, information desk, a variety of sitting, picnic and walking areas, extensive planting and a focal waterfall/pond feature visually linked to an outdoor activity plaza and pond.
  • Early Childhood Family Education Center of 9,000 square feet.
  • Shared spaces of 11,000 square feet consisting of public circulation, toilets, meeting rooms, mechanical and electrical spaces and equipment, public elevator, and parking and landscape areas.
  • Indoor connections to an existing YMCA and senior housing, preserve site space for a future attached visual and performing arts center, and a link to the regional bicycle/walking trail system.

Woodbury Central Park photo

Central Park Plan





Teddy Bear Park plan




Teddy Bear Park
Stillwater, Minnesota

A new themed children’s park was gifted to the City of Stillwater by a family foundation. The park is located in downtown Stillwater on a 1.1-acre site along the river bluff that was home to the historic Joseph Wolf Brewery. The park is shaped by native stone retaining walls and includes a small amphitheatre, decorative gazebo, play structures themed as antique toys  related to the historic architecture of Stillwater, and a climbing wall.  The historic livery barn was restored as an activity center with public toilets and party rooms.  The name of Stillwater's newest park stems from three large granite sculptures of teddy bears – a mama and two cubs – that are strategically located to set the tone as a place for children. According to the family foundation the park is “dedicated to the young children of Stillwater for whom there is never too much love nor too many teddy bears.”













Washington Square Park
Stillwater, Minnesota

Washington Square is the oldest public park in Stillwater and one of the oldest in the State of Minnesota.  Funded by a family foundation, the park was re-organized with new shelter structures, pathways, stone retaining walls, flagpole, landscaping, and toilets in a new stone building.  Strombrellas provide shade for parents watching their children play, a large curved Pavilion provides shelter for picnics and scheduled programs, and an octagonal Gazebo on the highest mound in the park provides a destination and overlook.  The architecture is an ensemble using decorated metal roofs, columns and friezes to create structures that are carefully arranged and sited to create visual synergy and become a delightful year-round jewel in the historic city.







Farmer's Market image St. Paul Farmers' Market
St. Paul, Minnesota

Thorbeck Architects has worked with the St. Paul Growers Association to create designs for upgrading the outdoor market as well as preliminary design for a new indoor market to operate seven days a week and year-round.  The larger and more comprehensive market will extend its 150-year history as a gathering place between urban and rural people and function as a focal point for bringing fresh food products that are grown regionally to urban folks in the 21st century.


Oak Grove Park picninc shelter

Oak Grove Park image
Oak Grove Park
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Oak Grove Park is situated in the northwest corner of the city of Brooklyn Park and is connected to the North Hennepin Regional Trail System.  The architecture of the new restroom building, new picnic shelter and renovated existing shelter forms a cohesive trio of park structures within an Oak Savannah landscape.  Working closely with city staff and landscape architects  Brauer and Associates, stone, concrete block and wood are the materials used throughout for both new construction and renovation.



Oak Grove Park image

Brookdale Park
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

New structures for this wooded neighborhood park include a warming house with indoor year-round toilets and a picnic shelter.  Designs were selected from families of gable and hip roof designs that provide a pallet of building types for upgrading parks throughout the city over time.


Eagan Municipal Center front image

Eagan Municipal Center stair image
Eagan Municipal Center
Eagan, Minnesota

This project was an expansion and remodel of the City of Eagan Police Department and City Hall facilities.  In its central location it serves as the focal point of a larger municipal complex, integrating an existing library, new public ice arena, and a fire station to meet the city's needs until 2010.  Natural and indirect lighting is introduced into all office areas, which are designed for maximum flexibility as departments change over time.  Future Expansion options were an integral part of the design layout.

Eagan Police Facility door image

Eagan Municipal Center Police Stair




Fish Lake Regional Park Center
Maple Grove, Minnesota

Designed as the focal point of Fish Lake Regional Park, the recreation center is designed for year-round use to accommodate the needs of ice skaters and cross country skiers as well as hikers, boaters, and fishing enthusiasts.  Facilities include a snack bar and equipment rental space, first aid station and a lounge with a fireplace. The wood-sided buildings use exposed plywood beams and purlins to support the wood deck roof, creating a warm, open and light atmosphere within.




Savage City Hall
Savage, Minnesota

This design for a City Hall for the growing City of Savage draws upon rural vernacular forms to relate to its natural setting, while a range of finely detailed natural materials such as brick and wood are used to impart a timelessly simple character. Natural daylighting and the octagon character of the council chamber established the City Hall as a special gathering place for the community.




Clearwater County Human Services Building
Bagley, Minnesota

This facility houses the multiple Human Services departments of Clearwater County in northern Minnesota. A needs program and design were developed to address critical issues of access, function and security; consequently, the building is organized to extend a welcoming environment to the public, yet zoned to protect the confidential nature of staff/client discussions.  The facility is organized to present its major entrance to the approach road, opening to the sun and providing light and views for each individual office.