By Angie Wieck on Apr 23, 2016 at 1:06 a.m – www.inforum.com
FARGO—Ben Meland was skeptical when his business partner, Austin Morris, brought him along to check out potential office space in the Case Plaza for their real estate development and construction company, Enclave Development, and its subsidiaries.
“I saw an 8-foot-drop ceiling and blue and pink carpet with blue wallpaper,” Meland said. “I walked through it and was depressed.”
But, after he popped out a few ceiling tiles and pulled back the wallpaper, he saw that what lay beneath were gorgeous 16-foot timber support beams and brick. There was potential, so they set out to design an office that “shows the level of craftsmanship we’re capable of,” Morris said.
They moved into the new headquarters in November. The public recently got a look at the new space during a ribbon-cutting event.
Taking chances on design
Meland and Morris were introduced by a mutual friend seven years ago. Morris was an investment specialist for a real estate trust, and Meland was a project manager building homes for Nor-Son in Minnesota’s lakes area.
In July 2011, they quit those jobs to launch Enclave Development.