Downtown Fargo Design Competition results

The winners in a downtown Fargo design contest were revealed Friday. $29,000 dollars in prizes were awarded. The challenge was to design a plan to develop the U.S. Bank plaza space at Broadway and 2nd Avenue north.


160 entries came in from across the United States as well as from 23 foreign countries.  Inspiration for the competition began with Doug Burgum of the Kilbourne Group.


“What this event is about is about us pulling together and creating a collective aspiration for the whole community and then making that a reality. And, for those that have worked with me for years, one of my absolutely most favorite quotes is from good old Walt Disney. And Walt Disney simply said ‘if you can dream it, you can do it,” Burgum says.


A panel of seven jurors determined the winners. Several honorable mention and people’s choice awards were recognized, and then the big winners were:


In second place, for a prized of $5,000, “Vertical Plain” by the Helenske Design group of Fargo. There were two first place awards of $10,000. One went to “Fargo 365” by a design team from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  And the other went to “Ebb and Flow” which was designed by Nakjune Seong and Sarah Kuen, two college students from South Lake, Texas.

All entries remain on display at a public gallery exhibit at The Loretta Building (208 Broadway) in Downtown Fargo through December 18. Additionally, thumbnail versions of the entries can be viewed at an online gallery on the home page of Kilbourne Group’s website,