We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Located in the northern part of West Saint Paul, Harmon Park is one of the city’s oldest residential parks dating from the 1920s and largest with almost 11 acres of space. HCM Architects and SRF Consulting were commissioned by the City of West Saint Paul to renovate Harmon Park which had not been updated since 1987. The Site and Buildings are close to completion just in time to open the splash pad for this beautiful summer weather. The ballfield will not be ready for play until next year but the rest of the park will be open come later summer.
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After helping to revamp this building back in 2010, Valspar asked HCM architects and the rest of the design team to provide more design services to relocate and enlarge the Polymer Lab within their VAST campus. The project includes additional specialty hoods, bench top and researcher office space.
From 2012-2014, Hagen, Christensen & McILwain Architects provided design services to incorporate Valspar’s North American Research and Test Lab capabilities and Valspar’s World Headquarters into one campus – the Valspar Applied Science and Technology (VAST) Center.
The building is actually two buildings – a 5-story heavy-timber structure and a 3-story concrete structure, both clad in the same brick exterior. HCM Architects designed research and test laboratories in the 3-story portion, and office support and storage functions in the 5-story portion as part of a multi-phase build-out. HCM Architects also worked with Valspar to fully restore this structure to its original character through a historic rehabilitation process regulated by State and Federal government agencies.
Here are some photos from the Ground Breaking at Wright County.
The excitement was evident—everyone was sporting smiles and hats!
VAST Phase 2 – Building A
This campus is comprised of four (4) buildings centered on the intersection of 11th Avenue South and 3rd Street South in Minneapolis. This specific project for Valspar involves Phase 2 of the restoration and reuse of Building #4. The laboratory space occupied the lower and first floors completed as Phase 1, leaving most of the rest of the building unoccupied and only partially renovated. The success of the VAST Center made corporate leaders take a second look at the building. Response was so positive that Valspar recognized “this is who we are– this is where we belong;” and immediately commenced with Phase II, and commissioned HCM and the original design/construction team to design and build out the additional three floors of offices within the facility to accommodate Valspar’s corporate headquarters.
HCM’s newest design for the Tinuccis is a TI space on Grand Avenue taking on the characters of an all-American city café in energetic neighborhood. With full sunshine through the large storefront windows and an exposed white painted tin ceiling offering bright environment. The bar was reused with an added flair with delightful tile back bar. All the charm components including the vibrant paint colors, flooring and exotic light fixtures from the Saint Anthony renovation were used in this new café.
Enjoying a beautiful day in July, the HCM Crew took to the outdoors for a new staff photo by our friend Philip De Jong. Thanks Phil!