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E M I ANNABELLE HOMES – BAKKEN SHALE THE WILLISTON BASIN/BAKKEN SHALE FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 • Fargo, N.D. “[Our firm] is really rooted in the soul of North Dakota.” // DEAN DOVOLIS, principal Annabelle Homes has filled a need for homes. for oil and gas workers in the Bakken Shale.. Residential Revolution Annabelle Homes has found success building homes near the Bakken Shale formation and serving the influx of workers there. [ BY ALAN DORICH ] the economy, the unemployment rate of architects was high, Dovolis recalls. As he was trying to find ways to keep DJR going, Dovolis heard from a client about the Bakken Shale play and how homes for oil and gas workers would be needed. Dovolis immediately traveled to North Dakota and formed the company, naming it after his wife, Anna Dovolis, who is also a principal. Since then, Annabelle Homes has finished one community in Stanley, N.D., while it has three more in development in Columbus, Tioga and Kenmare, N.D. Additionally, “We have 30 cities waiting for us on development,” Dovolis reports. “[Our firm] is really rooted in the soul of North Dakota.” BUILT TO LAST There are not many who would immediately think of creating communities near a site of oilfield exploration. But for Dean Dovolis, a principal of Annabelle Homes and principal-CEO of DJR Architecture Inc., that sort of ingenuity has given him success as he has developed PROFILE communities near the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota. A professional architect, Dovolis founded Annabelle Homes in November 2010. At the time, Dovolis was dealing with the economic slowdown at DJR Architecture Inc., his Minneapolis-based architecture firm. With the downfall in Annabelle Homes - Bakken Shale. | Headquarters: Fargo, N.D., and Minneapolis | Employees: 4 | Specialty: Homes and communities An element that has made Annabelle Homes so successful, Dovolis says, is that it sought to create permanent areas of residence. Before the firm began developing, most analyses discussed temporary lodgings or short-term hotels. “We were the first that actually came forward and said, ‘Look, this oil situation is not a boom; it’s an economic revolution, we need to [build] permanent communities, not just provide shortterm solutions,’” Dovolis recalls. 106

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Energy & Mining International - Fall/Winter 2012
Guiding Voice
Worldwide Presence
Digging South of the Border
Honoring the Best
The Williston Basin
Whiting Petroleum Corp.
Breitling Oil and Gas
HDC Development Cos.
Aspen Air U.S. Corp.
Synergy Resources Corp.
Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc.
Enviro Shield Products Inc.
Savage Services
T&R Transport
Boyd and Sons Construction
Roers Construction Inc. – Roers West LLC
J. Koski Co.
Pat’s Offroad Inc.
Tollberg Homes
Wildcat Minerals
Environmental Materials Inc. and Warren Transport Inc.
Borsheim Crane Service Inc.
Central Machining and Pump Repair
Hive Built Homes – Hive Modular
Jericho Services
Kuntz Builders Inc.
MT Rigmat LLC
Steffes Corporation
Wells Concrete
Annabelle Homes - Bakken Shale
Oil Pipeline Blues
Canada Focus
Orbite Aluminae Inc.
New Millennium Corp.
Dynacorp Fabricators Inc.
PCL Contractors
Colter Energy Services Inc.
Zargon Oil and Gas Ltd.
Prodigy Gold Inc.
Rambler Metals and Mining PLC
Innovator Industrial Services
TWD Technologies
Veresen Inc.
Columbus Castings
Comstock Mining Inc.
MS Energy Services
White Star Pump Co.
Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd.
Pershing Gold
Summit Casing Equipment
Black Hawk Energy Services
Timberline Drilling Inc.
Butch’s Rat Hole and Anchor Service Inc.
Calfrac Well Services
Geoprobe Systems®
Pacific Energy Development
Crocodile Gold Corp.
Gold Standard Ventures Corp.
GreenHunter Water LLC
Preferred Sands
Romarco Minerals Inc.
The Final Shot

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