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Client Profile:  Cuningham Group

Reinvesting in Green

For more than 40 years, Cuningham Group, an award-winning Minneapolis-based architectural and design firm, has been practicing and pioneering sustainable design to create “beautiful places in a balanced world.” Cuningham's collaborative and forward-thinking design philosophy includes exploring new ways of solving client problems. Some of Cuningham Group's hallmark projects include stunning and dynamic resort and entertainment venues as well as inspiring and state-of-the-art educational facilities that weave seamlessly into the urban fabric.
 
For Cuningham's more than 180 employees, spanning six offices across the U.S. and into South Korea, development of green solutions is a priority and a key part of the firm's successful business model. Their green business practice includes principles of making a positive impact on the planet, reducing cost of operations of a building, and cultural, social and environmental sustainability. Cuningham Group has long been a pioneer in sustainable architecture and building techniques. In fact, in 1997, Cuningham Group was called upon by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to write the very first monograph on Sustainable Design. This document is still used by architects across the United States as part of fulfillment of their continuing education requirements.
 
alliantgroup worked with Cuningham Group to obtain federal and state tax R&D credits and refunds for multiple tax years, amounting in many thousands of dollars that they'll be able to reinvest in their business. “These captured tax dollars will allow Cuningham Group to hire dedicated staff to implement new energy modeling and analysis to apply to all of our projects. We'll be able to offer this service as a non-billable, value-add resource for our clients for research into systems to create better, more sustainable building,” said Tim Dufault, Cuningham Group President. The energy-modeling will measure energy use reduction, offering valuable proof to clients that sustainable initiatives will provide a lasting return on their investment.
 
Just as Cuningham Group's focus is to help their clients grow their own businesses in ways that respect their needs, communities, and natural resources, alliantgroup's mission is to assist American businesses in remaining innovative and competitive by identifying valuable tax dollars to which our clients are entitled. alliantgroup is proud to play a role in helping companies like Cuningham Group reinvest in the business they are passionate about.