HCM Welcomes Natalia to the team!

HCM Would like to welcome Natalia Piela to our team. Natalia recently graduated from the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program at the University of Minnesota in 2017. She has a background in Fine Arts, Architecture, and Product Design. 

As we dip into fall here at HCM Architects, we're gearing up for work on some really great projects and its great to have Natalia join the team! 

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STAR

Last week the HCM crew took field trip to one of our recent projects - STAR - located in Brooklyn, Park Minnesota. STAR is a marketing company that creates everything from Trade Show Booths, to Corporate Interiors. In essence, they create unique and engaging spaces. Needless to say, they had a great team to work with! 

 

Their cafeteria doubles as a meeting area and as a more relaxed area for employees to work. The space spills out onto the outdoor patio and fireplace through large overhead doors.  

Their cafeteria doubles as a meeting area and as a more relaxed area for employees to work. The space spills out onto the outdoor patio and fireplace through large overhead doors.  

The office is open and social, while white noise keeps the office feeling quiet and concentrated. Dropped lighting helps the office area feel intimate, even with the high ceilings. Private huddle rooms on the right are well used meeting areas for small groups of employees. 

The office is open and social, while white noise keeps the office feeling quiet and concentrated. Dropped lighting helps the office area feel intimate, even with the high ceilings. Private huddle rooms on the right are well used meeting areas for small groups of employees. 

A look at interior glazing

We've been designing corporate office spaces for many years at HCM Architects, and we've come up with some nice details.

One of our favorite details is the hidden mullions on interior glass partitions. We've used this in several projects and it lends itself to a clean, contemporary space. Hiding the top mullions in a header gives the impression of a true glass wall. We also remove the vertical mullions and leave a small gap between panels.

Check out some examples below 

35W Bridge Monument at the Minneapolis EOTF

HCM Architects is proud to have been a part of designing the siting, base and orientation of the new 35W Bridge Monument at the Minneapolis EOTF.

The monument was the backdrop for a 10 year remembrance ceremony last week.

Siting, lighting and location on the property were critical design decisions.  HCM teamed with MBJ to develop a post and bracket that honored the integrity of the bridge piece used.  In addition HCM worked with scientists from Valspar to propose a finish that will maintain the current level of distress of the piece further honoring the worn and honest look.

Banner Engineering - Schematic Design

Banner Engineering is a global leader in process and industrial automation, helping customers increase efficiency, reduce costs, ensure quality, monitor and control processes and safeguard employees. They have decided that they want to expand their Headquarters here in Minneapolis, MN. HCM is working hard alongside Banner to put a new engineering building on the west side of their campus while also re-desinging their overall site. 

Minneapolis East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility

The City of Minneapolis East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility project recently went through another round of public comments.

HCM Architects met with the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association to gather feedback based on the proposed active corridor along University Ave. We're working with Floodplain Collective to develop a corridor that engages the neighborhood and gives back to the residents. 

CUMMINS ENGINEERING - DEMOLITION UNDERWAY

We are finishing the 100% Construction Documents for Cummins Engineering and demolition of the existing building is underway. The entire interior has been gutted out to expose the existing structure, and as you can see, the space currently is an enclosed concrete box. 

Northern coffeeworks

Northern coffeeworks

HCM has teamed with the guys from Angry Catfish to design a new coffee shop & café on Washington Ave. in Minneapolis.

Northern Coffeeworks is opening soon.  Complete with original tile floor, new maple millwork, exposed brick and a leather finish granite countertop this space is intended to blend a northern MN vibe with a historic urban location.

Other accents include a custom tile mosaic on the back bar and furniture by Concrete Pig.  Keep an eye out for their opening date, these guys are passionate about coffee!

LISI MEDICAL - BREAKING GROUND

LISI MEDICAL - BREAKING GROUND

HCM Architects, LISI Medical, and the entire design team are excited to break ground on LISI Medical's new 45,940 sf addition in Big Lake, MN. This expansion will allow LISI to grow and re-organize their production space and become more efficient in their process/workflow.

Cummins Engineering - Schematic Design Renderings

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Cummins Engineering - Schematic Design Renderings

Cummins Engineering, located in Fridley, MN, is looking to revamp its existing Engineering Facilities from the 70's to a more modern approach that follows suit to the current Cummins look found in other projects across the country. HCM has designed multiple projects across Cummins' Fridley campus, and is excited to take part in this project as well. 

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HCM Team - New Team Member Kathleen

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Kathleen Bond

 

We want to give a warm welcome to Kathleen, our newest team member here at HCM Architects! Kathleen is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota's Master of Architecture Program, and we are very excited to have her here with us.

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HCM Team - New Architectural Interns

We want to give a warm welcome to HCM's newest staff members! We are very excited to have Eden Messner, Ryan Hansen, and Matt Plasencia working with our team.

Eden Messner Eden graduated from the U of M with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2016. She will working with us full time until she goes back to school for her Masters in the fall of 2018.

Eden Messner

Eden graduated from the U of M with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2016. She will working with us full time until she goes back to school for her Masters in the fall of 2018.

Ryan Hansen Ryan is currently studying Architecture as an Undergrad at the University of Minnesota. He will be returning to school this fall to complete his last semester while working with HCM.

Ryan Hansen

Ryan is currently studying Architecture as an Undergrad at the University of Minnesota. He will be returning to school this fall to complete his last semester while working with HCM.

Matt Plasencia Matt is a recent graduate from North Dakota State University with his Bachelors of Architecture. He will be working with HCM this summer, where afterwards he will be returning to NDSU to complete his Masters Degree. 

Matt Plasencia

Matt is a recent graduate from North Dakota State University with his Bachelors of Architecture. He will be working with HCM this summer, where afterwards he will be returning to NDSU to complete his Masters Degree. 

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HCM Holiday Party

Thank you for another great year HCM!  

Happy Holidays to all!

Stone Arch Brewery Grand Opening

Stone Arch opened early in November on the south end of the main mall at Terminal 1-Lindbergh, and has been drawing a crowd ever since. The restaurant is a partnership with the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and features many excellent Minnesota craft beers, along with a scratch kitchen.  

Click the image below for a time-lapse video of Stone Arch's construction.

 

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Stone Arch Brewery Soft Opening Event

Stone Arch Brewery in the MSP Airport is finally open! We were invited to their "soft opening" to appreciate all of our hard work. Congratulations to Dan Lawrence for completing a successful and creative project!

HCM Graduate Students

All of us here at HCM wanted to take a moment to acknowledge two of our employees as they take big steps in their education. andy-emerges

Firstly, Andy Smeby began his last year of graduate schooling at the University of Minnesota. We are excited for Andy to finish up and look forward to seeing the work that he produces. We want to wish Andy a good final year, and offer our support as he pushes towards the finish line.

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Also, Lane Madich, who has been working with us for the past year, has started his graduate education at the University of Oregon in Portland. We have enjoyed Lane’s unique personality, hard work and humor at the office. He is truly irreplaceable and we wish him the best of luck and well wishes from all of us here at HCM.

Congrats to both graduate students!

STAR Update

The exterior shell is nearing completion. Interior partitions are installed and being prepped for finishes. Only a couple months left until move-in day!

Washington County Public Works Facility Grand Opening!

Last weekend, the Washington County Public Works Facility hosted it's Grand Opening! We are excited with how successful this project has turned out and want to thank everyone involved for their hard work.  

MN SNAP

In early 2015, HCM Architects began collaborating with the local non-profit MN Spay Neuter Assistance Program to design a new Headquarter facility for their Surgical Team and Staff. A little over a year later, their 11,000 square foot building has been transformed into a highly functional Surgical Suite with space to house the MN SNAP Mobile Surgical Unit, along with their entire support staff. Thanks to everyone who helped make this project a success! (Completed construction photos to come.)