Canad Inns Destination Center

Grand Forks, North Dakota

The Canad Inns is a 220,000 SF, 192-room hotel located adjacent to the Alerus Center, Grand Forks’ indoor arena/convention center. As the Canadian hotel chain’s first facility in the United States, portraying the company’s avant-garde image was a primary goal of the design challenge, in addition to using energy-efficient systems that would qualify Canad Inns as a Green Hotel. JLG created a program for the hotel that consists of guest rooms, administration areas, a water park, three restaurants, and other business tenant fit-up spaces. The layout extends the main concourse of the existing events center past the hotel lobby and the hotel’s various services. The skylight along this “main street” also visually accentuates the hotel’s signature tower design to its visitors, while projecting natural daylight for the circulation route and the adjacent business/retail spaces. The Canad Inns project allowed the design team to explore the use of metal panel systems, precast concrete, and galvanized steel in a series of layers that both complimented the owner’s high-tech yet industrial tastes, while also maintaining a cost-effective and energy-efficient design that respected the owner’s budget.

Awards & Certifications

  • 2007 – AIA North Dakota: Honor Award
  • 2007 – ND Concrete: Products Award

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"We were able to incorporate a lot of good ideas, including the fact that we qualify as a Green Hotel because of our energy-efficient systems."
– Jeff Jasperson, Canad Inns