Corey Brunton, CEO of Brunton Architects & Engineers
Corey Brunton is a southern Minnesota native – having grown up on his family’s hobby farm just outside of Austin, Minn. His experiences on the farm, agricultural farming, concrete work, exposure to various construction trades, etc., helped to develop his strong work ethic and problem-solving skills. He attributes this lifestyle to his early interest and lifelong career in architecture and engineering.
Brunton attended North Dakota State University and completed degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design in 1993. Post-graduation, he launched his career at a small architecture firm in Albert Lea, Minn. During this time, Brunton refined his skills and gained invaluable industry experience, but he left the firm in pursuit of project opportunities that only a larger firm could offer. He relocated to Mankato, Minn. in 1999 and worked at a larger firm where he became partner. This role shed light on Brunton’s true passions and gave him perspective that ultimately led him to establish Brunton Architects & Engineers in 2007.
Since then, Brunton has cultivated a staff of highly skilled professionals in both Mankato and Hopkins, Minn. Throughout the evolving phases of company growth, his client-focused business model has stayed true.
“It is our job to listen to our clients; to learn about their needs and goals for every aspect of their project,” Brunton said. “We won’t stop until we provide our clients with design solutions that are economical, aesthetically appropriate, and capable of serving them for many years to come.”
Brunton and his design team pride themselves on their ingenuity.
“No two projects are alike,” he said. “The term we use at Brunton is ‘we break the mold every time.’ What we mean by that is when we design your building, it’s unique to your specific style, needs, and location, and these custom features won’t be used anywhere else.”
Brunton Architects & Engineers can collaborate at the highest level for their clients because they offer multiple disciplines under one roof. Their design team consists of architects, engineers, interior designers, drafting technicians, and construction services specialists. What makes this all-encompassing group unique is that all team members are design driven.
“With all of our projects, we try to blur the lines between disciplines,” Brunton said. “We bring all disciplines to the table very early in the design process so that the final product feels consistent from exterior to interior and the mechanical systems optimize user comfort in the most discreet and functional way.”
Brunton Architects & Engineers also offers construction services to their clients through Brunton Construction. This division of the company has grown rapidly over the last year with projects in Mankato, Mapleton, and Alexandria, Minn. This service is recommended to clients because it ensures the main point of contact remains consistent from the start of the project to completion.
Brunton believes strongly in having clear communication channels between a project’s ownership and the design/construction teams as this strategy prevents messages from being lost in translation.
“It’s quite seamless because there’s no transfer of information,” he said. “It’s the same person within our firm, from beginning to end.”
Whether you work with Brunton Architects & Engineers or Brunton Construction, you will experience a customized design process.
“Working side-by-side with clients for the duration of their project has allowed for strong relationships to evolve and even some friendships to form over the years,” Brunton said. “It’s rewarding to see these projects morph from a conceptual design, then modeled in our software, to finally watching our client’s excitement when they receive the keys when the project is complete.”
Combining their custom design process at Brunton Architects & Engineers with the construction experience at Brunton Construction really defines why the “Design-Led, Design-Build” project delivery is so successful.
Brunton Architects & Engineers
225 Belgrade Ave.
North Mankato, MN 56003
1040 Sixth St. South
Hopkins, MN 55343