Architecture that elevates the everyday
Life is great
On a quiet winter day in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen put pen to paper and drew thousands of people to the Grand Forks County Historical Society. On the blueprint, it looked like a pavilion. But in person, it was a catalyst for growth and connectivity: a landmark for the county to gather for ice cream socials, band concerts, weddings, and of course, to be a part of history.
From that first project in 1989, JLG has also grown from a start-up to a legacy of employee-owners by designing our work and our company to stand the test of time and by driving forward under one purpose: that what we do is more than just a job – it’s about making life better for our clients and communities.
Who are JLG's 220 employee owners?
Our company personality
Design for Life
At JLG, we inspire and innovate through creative, people-first solutions. We nurture collaborative, supportive, authentic, respectful relationships through clear and honest communication and adaptive decision making. We find new ways to actively engage in and uplift all of our communities — from our professional network to our local neighborhood to our family of JLGers. We take full responsibility for our clients’, firm’s, and Earth’s resources to make smart decisions and mitigate risks for today and tomorrow. And we do right by our clients, our communities, and ourselves.