Client Nor-Son, Inc.
Location Stanton, North Dakota
Scope 2-acre renovation and expansion of existing school into hotel

Coal Country Inn

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • Surveying
  • Engineering
  • Parking lot design
  • Sidewalk design
  • Stormwater design


High demand for lodging in a depressed town on the edge of North Dakota’s Oil Boom area caused Nor-Son, Inc. and the city of Stanton to work together for the greater good of the community. Westwood was hired to provide surveying and engineering services on this unique 2-acre project to renovate and expand an existing school into a distinctive new hotel.

Bringing the Abandoned School Site up to Code

Using an abandoned school building gave the project a head start, but it was not without its challenges. The building, parking, and access needed to be brought up to current ADA compliant code. Westwood was required to work within the existing site, which, due to its former life as a school, had tight constraints, such as inadequate parking. Westwood employed creative design solutions and used highly detailed plans to make the site function smoothly.

Creative Cost Savings

The city of Stanton was a highly motivated partner in the project, recognizing that its success would help drive traffic into the town and create demand for additional services. Close and positive collaboration with the city and the client was a benefit to the entire project team. It also helped Westwood contribute to cost savings by minimizing travel and lodging by scheduling work on other projects in the area when feasible.

“It was just a really great project to be a part of,” explained project manager, Will Huston. “The re-use of the school, the city and client motivation, and the fact that this was a project where all parties were committed to a high-quality and distinctive building, all combined to make it a very positive experience.”