As summer nears its end, the partners took the HCM family on a boat cruise at Lake Minnetonka as a “thank you” for doing some great work. Unlike with Gilligan, this three hour tour was full of food and fun for everyone! We set sail at dusk and rode around the lake, taking in the scenery as we went. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

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The HCM Family was lucky enough to have beautiful weather for our second brat lunch this summer! Brat Team 2 departed from the traditional choice of serving brats and cooked up some delicious brisket instead. A lovely way to spend our day.

Big Things at BioTechne

Big Things at BioTechne

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HCM Architects is currently working on transforming an open office space at the BioTechne Campus to breathe new light into the area. We are excited to see how well the construction is coming along with most of the framing already built. Our team walked around the site discussing the details that will make the space perfect! Another newly finished office area on the campus gives us a peek into the future of the open office furniture and finishes.

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City of Minneapolis ESS&MF

City of Minneapolis ESS&MF

The City of Minneapolis East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility is making fast progress in our current spring weather. HCM enjoyed a sunny tour with our whole office to see progress and get out on a project site with our younger staff.

Improved Recreation Center at Painter Park Opens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


The Renovated Recreation Center at Painter Park in Minneapolis opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony on a sunny April 23.  HCM, among a team of designers, brings full ADA accessibility, more efficient HVAC, lighting, updated interior finishes and rejuvenated spaces for the neighborhood to utilize.  Our project opens up the lobby to a new reception area, MPRB Staff office, and meeting room.

Update: City of Minneapolis ESS&MF Project


In spite of the recent “spring” weather, the precast panels are starting to be installed at the City of Minneapolis ESS&MF project.  The parking ramp structure is shaping up now that the weather has turned and our project is starting to look more like a building.

Let in the Sun... at HCM

The sun streams across the new HCM workstations, on this, the second day of spring.

The sun streams across the new HCM workstations, on this, the second day of spring.

HCM is excited to share our latest update to Fire station #13. HCM has expanded our work station area by removing the wall between our conference room and the rest of the office. We now have four additional workstations and a whole lot of sun, an all around win.


Excavation Continues at Andersen Windows in Texas

Following the completion of the Anderson Pasture Warehouse Expansion, Anderson Windows in Garland Texas primes for the addition of a Compounder in their production space.


Interior work includes a new lab space, additional equipment and expanded storage.


Exterior work will include the addition of three vinyl silos housing raw material to be used in the new compounder for Fibrex Material Production.

Progress made at ESS&MF site


A&P and Wells were busy setting the last of the precast concrete “tuck-under” panels on the ESS&MF project site yesterday.

The acid etched, charcoal gray panels look great and it is fun to see the first walls starting to enclose space on this project.  Most of the form work and shoring are in place for the third level parking deck as well.


The Polar Vortex was no match for HCM


Lindsay and Natalia make quick work of the parking lot. Unfortunately, the snow was too fluffy for an HCM Snowman— there’s always the next storm!

21st Anniversary Party

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HCM celebrated our 21st Anniversary last week at Fire Station 13. We had a great turn out and a delicious spread by Colossal catering with dessert by our next door neighbors the Dulceria Bakery. Thanks again to all who could attend and we hope to see you next year for the 22nd Anniversary! (Rumor has it there will be a pig on a spit).

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In December, the HCM team participated in some friendly office competition— bringing in comfort food favorites straight from the crockpot. The Crockpot Cookoff crown went to Nick Lager with his apple crumble dessert while runner up dishes included authentic homemade pierogi and mega mac & cheese.

The big CNC Machine move into Brooklyn Park!

The HCM team is excited to share our work for the new Protolabs Brooklyn Park building. Check out Protolabs’ timelapse of the space and ultimate move of 295 CNC machines!

Minneapolis East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility Update

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Finalizing the shoring and reinforcement for our first PT deck pour at the City of Minneapolis East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility.  You can see the parking ramp slope in the background of the shoring photo.

Cold weather, but a nice day to fly some rebar cages.  Over 720 cy of concrete coming next week.

Cedarholm Project Receives MRPA Award

Cedarholm Community Building has been awarded the 2018 MN Recreation and Parks Association Award for building design! Led by architect Dan Lawrence of HCM, the project was completed in the summer of 2018 and was constructed by Jorgenson Construction. The project will be featured in the fall issue of the Minnesota Recreation & Park Association’s MINNESOTA magazine. Congrats to all that touched the project inside and outside of HCM!


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Andersen Pasture Warehouse Expansion

Summer has been a busy season for all, with no exception for the team here at HCM. Amidst shared brat & brisket lunches and sunny boat cruises, HCM has been diligently working on the design of expanded warehouse production space at Andersen Corp. Headquarters in Bayport, MN. This expansion adds extrusion capabilities for Andersen’s proprietary Fibrex® material, which will help support the sales growth of their quickly expanding 100 Series window products.

Construction took off on the Andersen Pasture Warehouse Building in May and is set to be completed by ­­the end of the year. The 60,000 SF expansion is estimated to create approximately 40 more jobs for the corporation to support their rapidly growing production needs.

Design of the expansion integrates the existing building with new construction through a continuation of the gable roof structure to the North and an expansion of a high ceiling storage space to the South. Construction on both ends consists of a precast shell, designed to color match the existing CMU of the original building.  

A unique portion within the scope of this project addresses environmental sustainability of the site, through the construction of a large infiltration basin to the west of the building designed by Barr Engineering (construction progress shots below). 

Stay tuned for more updates as construction approaches completion!

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Wakefield Park Improvements & Community Building Update

The walls are up at Wakefield Park’s Community Building and the city of Maplewood looks forward to the completion of the project later this year. Versicon (the contractor) has the walls framed up and is working towards a full enclosure. You can regularly see Kimley Horn on site as they continue to manage the project’s various site improvements and as the new structure takes shape.

Here at HCM we are grateful for such a strong team, from the various city employees involved  to the contractor and subcontractors, who are turning out a fantastic project for the citizens of Maplewood.

We will continue to get drone footage as the project continues to progress. Check back to see the rest of the project over the next couple months.

Welcome to the team, Jeff!

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HCM would like to welcome new employee Jeff Swiontkowski to the team!

Jeff brings a journalistic approach to research, design and the architectural profession. As a newly licensed architect, he specializes in programming and schematic design and has a particular eye for crafting project narratives and expressing these throughout the built environment. After completing his Journalism BA at the University of Minnesota in 2010, he began studying architecture, completing a Bachelors of Design and Architecture in 2013 and earning his Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 2016. Since then, he has worked on a wide variety of projects in both the public and private sector. In his down time you can find him cycling, woodworking or at the nearest ice arena.