Interior Design & Architectural Tech Event at Eagan Condo Garages

ID alumna Kimberly Scanlon and Julie Tuerk of Vela Creative design condo garage

The Dakota County Technical College Foundation, Eagan Condo Garages, and Langer Construction co-hosted a recognition event Thursday evening, September 22, 2022, on location in Eagan, Minnesota. The event celebrated the design work of Kimberly Scanlon and Julie Tuerk of Vela Creative. Kimberly and Julie are alumna of the Interior Design program at DCTC. They recently completed design work on a condo garage project at Eagan Condo Garages.

Guests included Architectural Technology (ArchTech) and Interior Design (ID) students and graduates, DCTC employees, foundation board members, donors, and community partners. Architectural Technology was one of three inaugural programs DCTC offered when the college first opened its doors in 1970. The Interior Design program started a year later in 1971. In fall semester 2022, more than 70 students are enrolled in both DCTC programs.

Students in these Construction & Manufacturing department academic programs are regularly sought out by companies in the interior design and construction industries. Program faculty, Anne Painter and Leah Gruehl, receive two to three emails weekly from employers seeking talented interns as well as contact information for recent graduates.

More about the DCTC Foundation…

Giving Makes a Difference

Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCTC Foundation functions as an avenue for gifts and grants that benefit the college and our students. By providing resources to students, the college and our programs, the Foundation upholds the DCTC mission, which is Education for Employment.

Governed by a board of directors with up to 18 members, the Foundation has generated more than $3.2 million in financial assistance for students while building a general endowment fund and establishing private endowment funds.

The Foundation has also received in-kind donations for equipment, tools, and supplies used in many DCTC programs.

Students pursuing higher education face mounting financial challenges. During a typical year, the Foundation provides financial support to more than 500 DCTC students, helping them pay for tuition, books, transportation and unanticipated expenses.

Your contributions—whether as a friend of the college, an alumnus or alumna, or business or company—give students the chance to become self-sufficient by allowing them to further their education and start a career. Every gift and grant makes a world of difference.


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Kim Shaff, executive director of foundations and community relations for DCTC and Inver Hills Community College, reported that Stacy and Larry Koland, owners of the Eagan Condo Garages, along with Langer Construction co-hosted and enthusiastically supported the event, which was held to inspire current students by taking them behind the scenes of a project worksite. The event also celebrated the outstanding design skills of Kimberly and Julie.

Julie Tuerk

“This was a fantastic event where we were able to highlight and celebrate the amazing work of our DCTC graduates in a unique space,” Kim said. “The event gave our students real-life exposure to what is possible when you approach a design project with an open mind. Who would have thought you could make a ‘garage’ look so beautiful? We are so grateful for community partners who open their doors to enhance the education of  our students and facilitate industry connections with our alumni.”

Kim added that Julie Tuerk spoke with guests about her personal experience at DCTC, having enrolled at the college after several years in the workforce. Julie described how the Vela Creative team played a key role in designing the Eagan Condo Garages model. Vela Creative is in the process of designing a second condo garage on the property.

“A third sponsor, Kevin Rolfes with KRDesign, provided a $250 scholarship for Staci Osborne, an interior design student who attended the event,” said Amy Eppen, DCTC Foundation development director. “Our foundation along with ID and ArchTech students, graduates, and faculty wish to thank Eagan Condo Garages, Langer Construction, and KRDesign for supporting technical education.”

Staci Osborne and Kevin Rolfes

More about Vela Creative…¹

Our Approach

We prioritize your needs and wants while gracefully and strategically blending beauty and function. We provide each client with unwavering guidance and leadership, ensuring you’re never left wondering where your project stands. Our design process sets a singular goal of creating spaces that allow our clients to live and work well in their homes and workplaces. We approach each project with a tailored strategy to best serve the individual client. From flatware and door handle selection, to a grand-scale remodel years in the making, Vela is ready to tackle it all.

Learn more by visiting:

Vela Creative
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More about Eagan Condo Garages…²

Eagan Condo Garages is a unique, luxury lifestyle opportunity located in the southeast Twin Cities metro area.  You own your garage unit giving you the opportunity to design a space where you can work on your hobbies, relax in the privacy of your own space or spend time with your family and friends.

Learn more by visiting:

Eagan Condo Garages
501 Classic Court
Eagan, MN 55123

More about Langer Construction…³

Choosing the right contractor for your project can be an intimidating process. There are many decisions to be made and details to consider. With Langer Construction, we will bring the skill, care, and professional aptitudes to succeed. You have our promise and declaration of commitment that we will listen and communicate in a way that achieves the results you desire.

When choosing to work with Langer Construction, you become a member of our team. You are not just another project in our backlog, or an addition to our portfolio. We are selective in the projects we pursue to dedicate the appropriate staff throughout the course of the project and be there for whatever you may need post completion in the years to come.

Learn more by visiting:

Langer Construction
54 Moreland Avenue East
West St. Paul, MN 55118

Interior Design & Architectural Tech Event at Eagan Condo Garages gallery

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Interior Design & Architectural Tech Event at Eagan Condo Garages

Learn more about the DCTC Foundation by contacting:

Kim Shaff
Foundation Executive Director

Amy Eppen
Foundation Development Director

Learn more about the Architectural Technology and Interior Design programs at DCTC by contacting:

Anne Painter
Architectural Technology and Interior Design Faculty

Leah Greuel
Architectural Technology and Interior Design Faculty

¹ SOURCE: Vela Creative
² SOURCE: Eagan Condo Garages
³ SOURCE: Langer Construction