Associate Member Spotlight – EAPC Architects Engineers

This week’s Associate Member Spotlight is on EAPC Architects Engineers. We visited with Marketing Director Lori Bakken to learn more about EAPC.

Describe what service(s) and/or product(s) EAPC provides.

LB:  EAPC provides complete architecture and engineering services to health care clients.

Our services include master planning, programming, code analysis, LEAN design, architecture, interior design, civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sustainable design, commissioning, inspections and  construction management.

The types of structures we specialize in are active lifestyle environments, emergency, behavioral health, cancer care, cardiology, community and critical access hospitals, ambulatory care, federal and academic, hospitals, imaging, laboratory, neuroscience, orthopedic, rehabilitation, surgical suites, transitional care, wellness centers and women’s and children’s areas.

When did EAPC open?

LB: We established the business in 1967 and the Sioux Falls office opened in 2015.

Who owns EAPC?

LB: EAPC is a partnership owned by five partners.

How long have you been an Associate Member of SDAHO?

LB: Since January 2014

How has EAPC grown or changed over the years?

LB: For over 50 years, we have delivered award-winning integrated healthcare planning and design for some of the nation’s foremost medical centers and health systems. Our work is guided by a single core philosophy: To embrace the kind of forward-thinking leadership and expertise necessary to deliver facilities that are innovative, flexible, efficient and that support a healing, sensitive environment for patients, their families and the healthcare staff.

We understand that the health care landscape is changing dramatically in the 21st century. Population demographics and the economy, plus advances in technology and equipment will all contribute to tremendous shifts in health care delivery in the coming years. Our mission is to help our clients anticipate and adapt to these new paradigms.

Where is EAPC located?

LB: South Dakota – Sioux Falls; North Dakota – Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and Williston; Minnesota – St. Paul and Bemidji; and Colorado – Fort Collins.

Does EAPC have a mission statement?

LB: We create unique design solutions that promote human-centered care with the efficiency and flexibility to grow and adapt to meet our clients’ future health care delivery needs.

What is one thing people might be surprised to know about EAPC?

LB: In addition to providing architecture and engineering design services for our health care clients (over 3,000 projects), EAPC advocates using a LEAN-based approach to the programming, planning and design phases of projects. This approach allows health care organizations to review processes, incorporate the industry’s best practices and provide input and secure buy-in from all stakeholders prior to any design work being started resulting in a LEAN path forward. To learn more about the LEAN process contact Chad Frost, EAPC LEAN Specialist / Director of Business Excellence at 701-775-3077 or go to

How can people get in touch with EAPC?

LB: I would suggest contacting Leap Chear, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Architect / Director of Operations in our Sioux Falls Office at 605-444-1602; or Stanley Schimke, Associate AIA, CID, Director of Healthcare Services at 701- 224-7312.

Does EAPC have a website?

LB: Yes, it is