Building Boom in Williston North Dakota

Many of us have heard about the oil boom in the Northern states following the new technologies making it more cost effective to extract resources from the  Bakken oil field that stretches from South Dakota up into Saskatchewan, but few in the lower states really understand the impact this economic boom has created for the small towns and cities that dot this landscape.

bakken oil field

Having traveled most of this area, I have seen communities literally double and triple in size in a very short timeframe. As you might imagine, the impact of this sudden growth has put significant pressure on the built environment that once supported these small towns. Everything from housing to hospitals, office, restaurant and retail are all incredibly overstressed with the huge influx of population and the needs that come along with that.

The epicenter for this boom appears to be in Williston, North Dakota. Hotels are booked out for over a year in advance and the local infrastructure can hardly keep up.  There is a strong city effort to make sure that Williston be planned in a responsible way. You can learn more at PlanDowntownWilliston and share your ideas as well.

Downtown Williston

With licensure in South Dakota, North Dakota and Saskatchewan, we are actively involved in Architecture and Engineering projects throughout this region. The demand has been largely for multifamily housing, but we anticipate all other building types to quickly follow as the demand is already so great. We expect to be very active in these areas for the long term as this does not have the makings of a short term economic cycle. As a result, responsible planning of everything we do is critical to the long term success of these communities.

I plan to write more about our experiences in this region as we continue to do more projects in these areas, so check back to see how Small Town America manages to cope with all of this rapid change and what we’re doing to help.


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2 thoughts on “Building Boom in Williston North Dakota”

  1. Sang,
    Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your restaurant in Williston. We have a depth of experience in restaurant design and are licensed in North Dakota. I will reach out to you directly by email and we can learn more about your project and what you seek to do. Thanks!

  2. I would like plan to make remodeling new hibachi Japanese steak house in Williston nd
    We can use evstudio to make drawing floor plan ? Our plan make 8 grill hibachi table and sushi bar

    Thank you

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