Elevating everyday public spaces for thriving communities

Foundations for a brighter future

Great civic architecture requires great responsibility as stewards of taxpayer dollars – but this doesn’t mean civic structures are limited to the bare bones of design. Government projects present a wealth of opportunity, beginning with employee and community wellness. Exceptional civic spaces can empower citizens, support local needs, and ignite city-wide pride. JLG’s Civic studio simplifies your decision-making journey to achieve goals that elevate the everyday. We gather community and staff input, navigate design concepts and capital choices, explore sustainable design to reduce operational costs, and facilitate fundraising.

Thriving cities are ever evolving, requiring civic structures to expand and grow with the community. We work with cities and government bodies to create flexible design that consolidates departments, converts existing spaces, preserves historic character, and fuses fragmented systems. Civic design also has the power to engage and educate – removing barriers and inviting community inside to explore the processes and services that power our cities 365 days a year. 

Areas of expertise

Fire stations, police stations, administrative centers, call centers, and crime labs.

View Public Safety Portfolio

City halls, courthouses, and centers of rehabilitation.

View Justice Portfolio

Public works buildings, water treatment plants, and maintenance facilities.

View Public Works Portfolio

Work related to branches of the federal government, including the National Guard, Air Force, and FAA.

View Federal Portfolio

Museums, interpretive centers, libraries, religious spaces, and theaters.

View Cultural Portfolio

Jennifer Burke Jackson
Civic Studio Director

Building civic pride

Communities are created through shared spaces, values, and experiences. These essential environments connect public service to the core of our purpose – being a catalyst for growth and connectivity.

The latest in civic architecture

From public transportation solutions to city courthouses and hybrid water treatment plants, JLG’s Civic studio is setting the bar for sustainable growth. Discover innovative, community-driven solutions that are inspiring the next generation.

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Community and law enforcement leaders from Clay County and the City of Vermillion joined together late Tuesday morning to break ground during a ceremony on…

Design for Life

Design for Life is JLG’s unique approach to creating nurturing, supportive, and inspiring spaces that help vibrant communities thrive. This approach defines solutions that elevate core values, empower public servants, and connect diverse communities.

New Grand Forks hybrid water treatment plant

JLG Architects share a few of the plant’s unique features and amenities.

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