Performance Architecture


Designs that Inspire.
Buildings that Perform.

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Comprehensive Architectural and Building Science Expertise

CR-BPS team is comprised of highly qualified and experienced architects, engineers, passive house consultants, and building scientists. Collaboratively, we design comfortable, healthy, and efficient buildings with the most advanced building science and sustainability practices.

Commercial and Public Architecture

Our team has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Whether clients need new construction, additions, remodels, or simple building improvements, CR-BPS brings its combined building science, facility asset and energy management, and high-performance architecture expertise to every project.

Extreme Energy Retrofits

CR-BPS is an expert at retrofitting existing buildings to perform more efficiently. We help clients solve complex building issues to improve energy efficiency, comfort, indoor air quality, and building durability. Our energy retrofits have drastically reduced building operating costs, while improving durability, longevity, and comfort, providing greater value to our clients.

Residential Architecture

Specializing in high-performance architecture, CR-BPS provides the same level of expertise, no matter the size or scope of your project. From remodels to additions to new construction, we will work with you to make your dreams a reality. CR-BPS has designed some of the most sustainable and energy efficient buildings in the Midwest; plus, we have worked within the parameters of the most challenging building standards, including Passive House, Living Building Challenge, LEED, and Net-Zero Energy homes.

Client Quotes

If we could first know where we are, we could better judge what to do and how to do it.”

Abraham Lincoln

Our Process - Starting with the End in Mind

Pre-Design • Schematic Design • Design Development • Construction Documents • Bidding & Negotiation • Construction Administration

With our clients as our focus and priority, our design process is built to reflect their needs and ideas and protect their time and budgets. Our expertise is able to serve them at any and every stage of the design and visioning process, putting their needs and requirements front and center. For CR-BPS, this means that we incorporate a comprehensive, front-end-loaded pre-design system and effort that incorporates all of the essential elements of building performance.

Integrated Systems Strategy

Our clients appreciate our integrated, whole-systems-thinking approach that we bring to each unique architecture project. Our Integrated Systems Strategy makes the essential tasks of facility management and strategic planning a more informed and intuitive process. It’s also secured our position as a leader in this competitive field. Through the rigorous analysis of collected data, energy performance, daylighting, enclosure analysis, and detailed visuals, performance architecture design from CR-BPS results in the best performing and highest rated building projects for our clients.

Featured Client Stories

Performance Architecture

Established in 1971, Wolf Ridge welcomes over 12,000 visitors annually to its 2,000-acre campus in Finland, MN, offering immersive outdoor experiences and emphasizing sustainability in all facets of human life.... Learn More >

City of Duluth

The partnership between CR-BPS and the City of Duluth stands as one of CR-BPS’ most significant partnerships, showcasing the invaluable role of our comprehensive Facility and Site Asset Management service.... Learn More >

Afton House

Situated on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border west of the St. Croix River, the clients (homeowners) in Afton, Minnesota, envisioned building a residence on the sprawling, tree-covered hills. Their goal was to... Learn More >

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Optimizing Building Performance with Integrated Services

Our integrated approach delivers the highest quality, longest performing buildings to our clients. Because our expertise integrates unparalleled design standards, comprehensive environmentally-responsible methods, and facility site and asset management leadership, CR-BPS does more for our clients—and more for our planet.

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