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.

Construction approved for City of Woodbury

The City of Woodbury Public Works and Parks Maintenance Renovation & Expansion project was approved last month by the City Council to proceed into the construction phase starting this summer. This project touches on three types of construction in one: renovation, expansion and new construction! 

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HCM celebrated the 6 years of committed hard work and dedication by beloved co-worker Bri Hodges with a farewell lunch at Sea Salt Eatery. Bri has joined her husband in a new business venture. We thank Bri for her enthusiasm, tenacity, and contributions to numerous projects over the years. Best wishes, Bri! 

Banner Engineering in Final Month of Construction

In the final month of construction, Banner Engineering is receiving paint on the walls, stair glass guardrails are being installed and millwork, ceilings, and lighting are being situated throughout.  Furniture will be installed mid July and owner move-in is slated for the beginning of August. 


Reaching into the archives

As many of you know, HCM recently celebrated 20 years of business! We at the office wanted to share an article written about HCM Architects in the 90s.


When this was written, we were located in the North Loop of Minneapolis (before it was the North Loop that it is today!). The cover of the magazine is a little dated, but check out the photo of the partners below! 

Read the full article here



Cedarholm Nearing Completion

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Cedarholm Community Building and Clubhouse in Roseville, MN is nearing construction completion. The 5,000 square foot building features a 100-person capacity Community Room with adjoining exterior patio space overlooking the great views of the golf course. Check it out as part of the City's annual Rosefest this summer! 




HCMers took advantage of the sunshine to dig out our patio and throw some brats on the grill, celebrating our direct transition from winter to summer. 

Yes, there is a foot of snow in the background. Yes, its 75 degrees outside! Our founding partner, Jerry (Center, back), dispenses architectural advice to the staff designers.  



We're happy to announce that the demolition is well under way for the City of Minneapolis' East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility. The former building housed the Wheeling Steel Corrugating Company, and the property had been vacant for some time. Construction is set to start later this spring! 

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Tuesday Morning: HCM Architects

Ever wonder what happens when an HCMer decides to move to California? 

Darius is off to warmer climates, but we decided to give him a proper send off this morning with an air horn hidden under his chair.

MWMO Grant Approved

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HCM is happy to announce that the East Side Storage and Maintenance Facility was approved for grant funding from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

The grant will allow for significant improvements to storm-water management on the site. This is especially important given the industrial nature of the site. Strategies include capturing and treating rainwater from hardscapes and rooftops. Stormwater will be treated and released through practices such as rain-gardens and underground storage. 

Equally important, the grant helps with educational elements which will showcase how rainwater is captured, treated, and released. It aims to educate residents and city employees on watershed stewardship, drawing ties between the neighborhood, the local watershed, and the Mississippi. 

Floodplain Collective was an integral part of this grant application and landscape design. You can find out more about them here!

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Office Tour - Banner Engineering

On March 22nd, HCM took the afternoon to tour Banner Engineering, which Roger Christensen and Liz Gutzman have been leading for the past year. As we all work as one, tours like these are a fantastic opportunity to see the results of the hard work our team puts in.

Afterwards we celebrated Eden Messner's new adventure to Wisconsin for grad school as she pursues her Master in Architecture. We wish her the best on this big step towards licensure.



For the past 9 months our Design Team has been working with the Pool & Yacht Club Committee to define an overall scope of improvements/upgrades to the Existing 3-Level Building in Lilydale, MN on the Mississippi River.

The Facility is entered from a raised parking and drop off platform remote from the main Parking Lot. Club Members and their Guests come into the Main Entry from this platform into the Club Level which is the uppermost Level. This Level includes the Main Dining Room and Kitchen along with a Bar Lounge/Casual Eating Space, Toilet Rooms and an Office Area. Outside the Bar Lounge/Casual Dining Area is an Outdoor Deck for dining overlooking the Mississippi River with dramatic views. The next Level below incorporates Banquette Space to rent for events for Members and the Public. There is a Bar Area open into the Large Banquette Room. In addition this Level has Toilet Rooms, Kitchen, Dry Goods Storage, Cooler Storage and a small Office Area. The lowest level is the Basement Level which is primarily for Storage and is subject to flooding when the river is high.  After working through potential Design Phases and Construction Costs last Fall, it was determined to proceed with Phase 1. Construction of Phase 1 began in mid-January 2018 and will be complete by the beginning of May 2018.

Phase 1 includes the following functional improvements to the Facility:

  • New Passenger Elevator located near the Main Entry to travel between the Main Dining  Level and Banquette Level
  • New Lower Level Accessible Toilet Rooms
  • Lower Level Kitchen Remodel
  • Lower Level Bar Remodel
  • New Walk-in Freezer and Cooler
  • Lower Level circulation re-alignment and Office Relocation
  • Remove Old non-code compliant Elevator
  • Banquette Level Finishes and Lighting
  • New Exterior Window Replacements and New Window Opening at the West end
  • New Fireplace


On the evening of February 26th, the City Council of Maplewood MN voted unanimously to approve to move the Wakefield Parks project forward into the bidding phase. This caps a nearly yearlong effort, where HCM Architects has worked in concert with Kimley Horn and our various consultants. HCM and Kimley Horn have met with various city councils and the community to get stakeholder feedback and rigorously engage the community in the design process for the improvements.

In continued coordination with the city and parks department the structure will be solar ready for if and when the funds become available to make this park project net zero energy. The city has expressed that this project will only be the beginning of the improvements to Wakefield Park; where improvements to the water quality of the lake are also being planned.

HCM and Kimley Horn have been honored to work alongside the community and their elected officials to carry the project into the bidding phase and look forward to the completion of the project in late 2018.



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.


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