HCM ARCHITECT'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Friends of HCM Architects,

On Monday morning, February 2, 1998, Groundhog Day, we opened our doors to begin a great adventure called HCM Architects.  To think that we will be celebrating a 20 years of business milestone is a true blessing! Something we never dreamed of in those early years.

We want to take the opportunity to acknowledge how fortunate we have been and how thankful we are for all of our clients, colleagues and consultants whom we have teamed with on our projects.  Most of all, we appreciate our families and friends who have supported us along the way.

We are very grateful and thankful for everyone who joined us in celebrating.

We also look forward to the next 20 years and what that brings for HCM.

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HEARING COMPONENTs construction update

HCM’s client Hearing Components is nearing the completion of a build out of their new space, which will vastly expand their production capabilities. HCM and AB Systems out of Rochester, MN worked with the Oakdale, MN based Hearing Components to remodel an existing building directly next door to their previous facility on a compressed timeline. Combining their two locations into one in a truncated timeline due to expiring leases was a major part of the project.

Congratulations to Hearing Components on the expansion of their facilities. If you are looking for a new ear bud tip, look them up at http://www.complyfoam.com.

BLUE DOOR PUB

Over the years, HCM Architects has worked on various projects at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. One of the latest projects we have been apart of is Blue Door Pub, home of the Blucy! Blue Door Pub is opening its 5th location within Terminal 1, and the space will highlight a 22' tall branding wall as well as a mural of the Twin Cities which will be painted by local artist Lili Payne. The CD Package for Blue Door has just gone out and we are excited for construction to begin. 

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BANNER ENGINEERING - CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The team at Banner Engineering is currently framing the exterior walls and has already began framing the second level interior walls. Next steps include pouring the main level slab and continuing to finish the exterior shell.

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CUMMINS ENGINEERING - PROJECT UPDATE

Cummins Engineering is coming close to the end of Construction, and the entire team is excited to see it completed. The exterior facade is being wrapped up, and interior finishes are being prepared to go in. 

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HCM TEAM - LIZ GUTZMAN

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HCM is extremely excited to share with you that Liz Gutzman has recently passed her final Architect Registration Examination, and as of the end of 2017, she is officially a licensed Architect! Liz has been an important part of this team for years and is crucial to many major projects. We are excited for her future and growth as an Architect!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS

HCM wants to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. We hope it is filled with family, friends, laughs and smiles! We have been extremely blessed this year and are excited for the new year to come! 

HCM 's Christmas Party

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC WL1 - PROJECT COMPLETION

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Hagen, Christensen & McILwain Architects was responsible for the programming and design of the recently renovated Boston Scientific Building 1, Levels 2 & 3, on their Weaver Lake Campus. This design captures the requirements of the Boston Scientific Global Design Standards creating a more open office environment. Click the link below to read more about the recently completed project!

Banner Enginnering - Framing

*BANNER ENGINEERING UPDATE*

The steel frame is being constructed and concrete for the HQ Entrance Patio is being poured.

BHAC - Schematic Design

HCM Architects is currently working with Anoka County to develop an idea to transform the exterior of their Activity Center located in Bunker Hills Park. With hopes to have the remodel completed by end of Summer next year, we are excited to work with the Parks Department to create a more engaging gathering space for weddings and company outings.

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ESSF - Artist Selection

The City of Minneapolis has selected its Artist for the East Side Storage Facility in Northeast Minneapolis. HCM is very excited to be working on this project, and to now see Randy Walker apart of it. Click the link below to see Randy Walker's website, including his portfolio and bio.

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Randy Walker

Return Journey - Brackett Park

Return Journey - Brackett Park

CUMMINS ENGINEERING - CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

Both phases of Cummins' Engineering Facility in Fridley, MN are underway. Completion of the West end is getting close, and demolition of the East end is almost done, in which they will start to add the new facade. HCM is excited to be apart of this great project with Cummins, who we have worked with through out the years.

Design Development Final Rendering

Design Development Final Rendering

Phase 1 underway. with the exterior of Phase 2 to still be removed.

Phase 1 underway. with the exterior of Phase 2 to still be removed.

Glass panels being placed on the West end.

Glass panels being placed on the West end.

HCM TEAM - NEW TEAM MEMBERS

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HCM would like to welcome Byron Munoz and Alex Young to our team. Byron graduated from Florida International University with his Master's in Architecture and Alex is a graduate from the University of Minnesota, holding a Master's Degree in both Architecture and Historic Preservation.

As we work our way towards 2018 here at HCM Architects, we're gearing up for work on some really exciting projects and its great to have both Byron and Alex in the office.

LISI MEDICAL - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

LISI MEDICAL UPDATE*

With Construction to be completed by mid December of this year, LISI Medical's Expansion is coming together!

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BANNER ENGINEERING - BREAKING GROUND

HCM Architects, Banner Engineering and the entire design team are excited to break ground on Banner Engineering's 50,000 sf facility expansion in Plymouth, MN. Follow the link below to watch a short news piece that covers the growth of Banner Engineering and the 200 jobs it will bring to its community. 

Bob Fayfield, Founder & CEO of Banner Engineering

Bob Fayfield, Founder & CEO of Banner Engineering

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THIS NEWS CLIP HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY CCX MEDIA.


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.