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Cox & Associates Architects and Planners

Cox & Associates is a full-service Architectural Firm providing:

Master Planning, Architectural Design, & Feasibility Studies.

We specialize in architectural design for Church-Related Ministries, Educational Institutions, and Commercial Designs/Remodels.


Creativity, Value & A Heart to Serve

Church-Related Ministries

Sanctuaries, Education, Fellowship, Administration.

Rod has served clients in all corners of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and upper Michigan. Some of his recent projects include:

• A new relocation for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan, WI (with a sanctuary capacity of 200)
• A new handicap lift for First Baptist in Phillips, WI
• A lobby addition and remodel project for Maranatha Assembly of God in Kingford, MI (including elevators, accessible toilets, a sanctuary remodel, and new offices)
• A new nursery, lobby and administration addition for Cornerstone Assembly of God
• A new drive-thru canopy and lobby/fellowship addition for Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Marathon, WI
• A new campus in an existing mall building for Woodlands Church in Wisconsin Rapids
• A new small chapel (with hermit living quarters below) for Sacrament Hermitage Church in Custer, WI
• An addition with drive-thru canopy, classrooms, elevator and handicap facilities for First Lutheran Church in Ogema, WI
• A classroom/fellowship addition for Chetek United Methodist church
• An accessible entry/Lobby/Fellowship/Classroom addition for St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, WI
• A new relocation for Roberts Congregation UCC in Roberts, WI
• A 2 story classroom/fellowship/administration addition for North Branch United Methodist
• A new 400 seat sanctuary/lobby nursery for North Haven Church in North St Paul, MN
• A classroom/multi-purpose youth and administration addition for Highland Community Church
• A new 750 seat sanctuary for Brooklyn Park EFC in Brooklyn Park, MN
• A large-scale project for Woodlands Church in Plover, which started as a new relocation in 1998 and then continued into phase 2 in 2004 for a 350-seat chapel space, classrooms, youth and lobby addition.

Rod will assist your congregation in the planning process addressing the organizational challenges and helping to unify the congregation around a shared vision of ministry and facility.


Educational Facilities

large or small, early childhood to college

Our experience ranges from early childhood projects up to the college level and adult facilities. Projects were either stand alone or as part of multi-use facilities. Some projects include:

• A neighborhood project in Northeast Minneapolis that included Head Start classrooms, a multi-purpose room, kitchen and support. Also a small neighborhood clinic.
• Another Head Start facility in the Glendale Community in Minneapolis with classrooms, multi-purpose room, administration and a neighborhood food shelf and laundramat.
• A stand alone child care facility for the Rochester Community College.
• More recently we did a remodeling project for a Head Start classroom for the Merrill WI Area Public Schools.
• Various small projects for the Merrill Area Public Schools, classroom remodelings, facility studies, office remodelings.
• A new Cordwood Education Building for the Merrill School District School Forest, for classroom education and warming while during class field trips to the school forest.
• Various projects for the Rhinelander WI School District, classroom remodelings, administration remodeling, planning and a new athletic field press box.
• A new addition to the Rhinelander School District School Forest building for new classrooms, a larger lobby, handicap toilet facilities and lots of storage.
• Most recently Rod Cox assisted a previous employer, SSV Architecture in Minneapolis, with the Head Start Education and Training Center Remodeling project for meeting rooms, classroom, dining/kitchen facilities and administration.
• Numerous educational facilities for churches that include, nurseries, child classrooms, youth rooms and adult classrooms.
• Rod was also project architect for the Goddard Library remodeling project at the Rochester Community College, in Rochester, MN.
• Preliminary design was completed for a new high school football program, meeting/stroage facility that also inclded a coaches office and training room.


Commercial Design

new construction and remodeling

Commercial design covers a wide variety of building types, including projects for municipalities, county and state governments, private business and non-profit organizations. Some of our projects include:

• A new restroom shelter building for the Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wisconsin.
• We redesigned the entrance to the public safety building for Lincoln County in Merrill, WI. The existing entrance was accessed by exterior ramps which was a maintenance headache. The new entrance included an on grade entry with interior ramp and stair and blended better with the original building design.
• We completed a buildout of a previous unfinished space for Surgical Associates in Wausau, WI. The new space provided a new procedure room, nurse’s station, exam rooms, toilet/changing area and strorage.
• The Boys and Girls Club in Wausau is a new facility that has an open central games area, classrooms, administration, full size gym, kitchen, and a lower level skate board park.
• We recently designed 3 group home residential facilities. – 8 bedroom resident group home for adolescents aged 13-17 – 8 bedroom women’s shelter – 12 bedroom men’s home
• A 10,000 SF office building remodelling
• A 6,500 SF phase on office/retail building with a possible Branch Bank.
• A six unit apartment building
• A remodelling for a new Brew Pub/restaurant
• Façade remodelling of an existing vacant strip mall and for new tenants that include a shoe store, offices, physical therapy office.
• Becca’s Café was a two phase project. Phase one consisted of completing a vacant space for a new café restaurant and phase two involved adding a new balcony space to expand the seating capacity.


As coordinator of Project 200 of St John Church of Antigo I want to express my thanks and appreciation to you for directing our $960,000 church addition. Your professionalism in making sure the addition would complement the existing church and property drew our group together allowing a consensus decision to be easily made. The structure is very attractive and fits in, so it looks like it was done with the original church. It is functional and the needs of the congregation have been met for the foreseeable future. working with a diverse committee is not always easy. Your suggestions and desired plan recommendation led us to an acceptable consensus on a difficult project of which we are all proud.
Thanks for your architectural and people skills.

John E. McKenna, Building Committee Chair & Rev. Charles Hoffmann, Pastor· St. John The Evangelist Catholic Parish

I Really enjoy working with you and any chance I get to refer you I would never hesitate to do so.

Larry Meyer · Larry Meyer Construction

About Cox & Associates Architects and Planners

Rod Cox is the Owner and Principal architect for Cox & Associates, Architects and Planners. He
brings his 25+ years experience into each new project with their unique challenges. He graduated
from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Architecture and is currently a registered
architect in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Rod has served clients in all corners of Wisconsin, Minnesota and upper Michigan. He brings a
variety of experience working on Educational, Institutional, Churches, Offices, Classrooms, Child
Care Facilities, and many Remodeling and Renovation projects. Rod worked in Minneapolis for
many years and then relocated to central Wisconsin in 1998.

For 4 years he was the architecture
department head for a local engineering/architecture firm, and then he rejoined his former
company from Minneapolis (who’s specialty was working with church ministries) and opened a
Wisconsin Branch office in Wausau. At the beginning of 2006 Rod took over ownership of the
office and formed Cox & Associates.

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