The Bill Johnson Center for Architectural Technology and Design

Fieldstone Family Homes renovates the Architectural Technology and Interior Design program area

Dakota County Technical College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus in Rosemount, Minnesota, for the newly renovated Architectural Technology and Interior Design program area (Suite 2300). The event took place Thursday afternoon, September 15, 2021, and included a short program and a tour.

Bill Johnson

Fieldstone Family Homes, Inc., of Burnsville, Minnesota, renovated the area as a way to honor Bill Johnson, the family patriarch, who passed away in October 2020. The learning suite is now named The Bill Johnson Center for Architectural Technology and Design.

Michael Berndt, DCTC and Inver Hills Community College president, and Kim Shaff, executive director of the DCTC and Inver Hills foundations, spoke at the event, which was attended by a large group of Fieldstone Family Homes family members, including Maureen Johnson, Bill’s widow, friends, former and current Fieldstone employees, trade partners who worked on the renovated space, business associates, and members of the DCTC campus community.

Trent Johnson, Troy Johnson and Bryan Wolfe, sons of Bill Johnson and Fieldstone Family Homes owners, spoke at the event. Tadd Johnson, another son and a Fieldstone real estate specialist, also addressed the attendees.

Trent Johnson

“We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize our dad, who was a father figure to so many, in this way!” Trent Johnson said. “He was always a proponent of people getting involved in the trades, and this will be a wonderful way for that to continue on for generations beyond his and ours. Thank you to DCTC for allowing us to partner with you on this project. It is deeply meaningful to our family.”

Kim Shaff wished to thank Fieldstone Family Homes for their generosity in supporting students and the college’s mission:  Learn, discover, and build a better future: DCTC is dedicated to education for employment and life-long growth.

“We are incredibly grateful that Bill’s sons, Trent, Troy and Bryan, chose to honor the legacy of their father, Bill Johnson, at DCTC,” Kim said. “The Fieldstone Family Homes renovation produced a beautiful and valuable learning space for students that is also an extraordinary tribute to their father. We are honored to have The Bill Johnson Center for Architectural Technology and Design at DCTC and look forward to a long partnership with Fieldstone Family Homes, Inc., and the Johnson family.”

Bryan Wolfe: Fieldstone Family Homes perspective…

Bryan Wolfe

“It was an honor to work with everyone at DCTC in evolving a memorial scholarship idea into this new space named for our dad, Bill Johnson. Today was a good day for the college, our family, and all who remember good things Bill did not only in the construction industry, but in everyday life. There are hundreds of people he positively influenced and supported by doing good things.

“Our hope in partnering with DCTC on this project is that students find their passion to build ideas, dreams, and businesses in design, construction, or related trades. We need people in this industry now more than ever, and humbly gift this support to keep our dad’s legacy alive.”

Bryan Wolfe
Fieldstone Family Homes, Inc.
The Bill Johnson Center for Architectural Technology and Design renovation gallery

The Bill Johnson Center for Architectural Technology and Design ribbon-cutting gallery
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The Bill Johnson Center for Architectural Technology and Design Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Anne Painter: Faculty perspective…

Anne Painter

Anne Painter

Anne Painter serves as director of the Architectural Technology, Construction Management and Interior Design programs at DCTC. Anne reported that renovation made considerable improvements to the learning suite, which includes:

  • 3 large classrooms
  • 1 materials library with workspace
  • 1 kitchenette
  • 2 storage areas
  • 1 open workspace for students not in class

“I have never seen a project come together that fast,” Anne said. “In all my years of architecture and construction, I have never seen any project go from idea to finish design with such a heart-filled intent that it plowed through all the normal issues that pop up during construction. Everyone was on the same page and had the same goal.”

Anne attended the ribbon-cutting event and was happy to see that so many people came to the DCTC campus to honor Bill Johnson and tour the renovated Architectural Technology and Interior Design program area.

“It really was a magical night,” she said.

Learn more about the DCTC Foundation by contacting:

Kimberly Shaff
Executive Director

Amy Eppen
Foundation Development Director

Learn more about the Construction Management, Interior Design and Architectural Technology programs at DCTC by contacting:
Director and Faculty
Architectural Technology, Construction Management, Interior Design