Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Award received for ‘New Addition to an Historic Building’ for Roosevelt Library

Roosevelt Library recently won a Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Award for ‘New Addition to an Historic Building’, HCM Architects are the architect of record for the project. The Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Preserve Minneapolis honor exemplary projects, individuals, and community organizations that celebrate and enhance the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis. These awards highlight the year’s best achievements for transforming a historic property, building, or landscape and reinventing it to incorporate both new and old elements in a way that that is respectful to the past. Projects are judged on attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community.

 

The addition design was to maintain the “integrity” of the original building but to “set it apart” from the original design through differentiation in proportions and detailing. The new addition is approximately 20′ x 30′ and is located off the southwest corner of the existing building. This location was chosen so it does not interrupt the original strong symmetrical front facade. The new roof level is lower than the existing roof level to remain subordinate to the main building. The window sills and headers of the new addition were simplified and set apart by using poured concrete similar to the existing sills. The design intent was to keep the expansions and its details subtle but respectful to the existing historic building.

 

The following are interior photos prior to the renovation and exterior photos during and after the renovation.

 

 

Interior Pre-Renovation

Interior prior to renovation

Addition being framed

Front facade

South addition exterior facade

Rear exterior facade

HCM 16th Anniversary Party

Friends of HCM Architects,

 

We are looking forward to our annual open house this year as it gives us the opportunity to acknowledge how fortunate we have been the last sixteen years of business. We are truly thankful for all our clients, colleagues and consultants with whom we have teamed up 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 would love if you join us for a

party in celebration of our 16th Anniversary!

Friday, February 7th, 2014 from 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us at our office 4201 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis

F+G Office Build-out

HCM is excited to be assisting Faithful+Gould on the design of their new office space at the Plaza VII office tower in Minneapolis.  The space is designed to have a contemporary, open feel without being cold or sterile.  The shell of the space is nearly ready and in the next several weeks custom millwork, booths, soft seating work areas and frosted glass walls will be installed.

Lobby under construction

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Logo cut into floor

New Partners Announced

We are extremely pleased to announce that Matt Lysne and Dan Lind have been named Partners and accepted Ownership roles at HCM Architects.  Matt and Dan are outstanding architects that provide our clients services at the highest levels with thoughtfulness and dedication. They exhibit the best qualities of our profession.

We are truly lucky to have them become our Partners. Please congratulate them on this next step in their careers.

Town Hall Lanes Complete!

HCM Architects, Patrick Dorn Construction, Thatcher Structural Engineers and Premier Foodservice Design Specialists were happy to celebrate the completion of construction of Town Hall Lanes with owner Pete Rifakes at the grand opening on July 19, 2013.

The existing building was transformed dramatically into a rustic yet refined brew pub and bowling alley.  A major key in the building’s renovation was the removal of the second floor which allowed for a nice two story space at the main bar room with natural lighting to showcase an antique wood bar and a grand chandelier hung from the existing exposed structure.  The bowling lanes were renovated and decorated with cool retro graphics.

Town Hall Lanes is the third restaurant for Pete Rifakes, who also owns the Town Hall Brewery and Town Hall Tap both in Minneapolis.

Cheers!


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New Exterior

Grand Opening Celebration

Town Hall Brew

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The newly renovated Tudor Revival style Hennepin County Library – Roosevelt opened its revitalized doors on June 2nd!

Background:

The old brick and wood building is a gem that continues to be a significant community and cultural resource to the city. This landmark was constructed in 1927 and its original footprint was 4,320 SF. Roosevelt was one of 13 libraries developed under the leadership of Gratia Countryman, who served as head librarian for the Minneapolis Public Library system from 1904 to 1936. Countryman’s goal was to create an institution that addressed citizen’s social needs; an environment that actively and integrally participates in the social life of their communities. Roosevelt’s strengths today are the same design movements of the original MPL System. The main level is comprised of one large intimate reading room that contains no major dividers or partition walls. The main floor is open and naturally lit by large numerous window. One goal of the project was to preserve and strengthen these successful attributes while revitalizing the overall experience. Another goal was to capture the needs and desires of the community, neighbors participated in the design process and helped refine the project strategy.

Initiative:

The project balanced between retaining the historic nature of the building and creating a structure that incorporates modern amenities. Maintenance and improvements were critical to keep this library as a community anchor and resource. With an old aging building in the twenty first century; Roosevelt’s key upgrades included full code compliance, accessibility routes and restrooms, new energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, exterior restorations and collection updates. The sustainable approach at Roosevelt is the long-term preservation of the building itself, and rehabilitating the building to fit its future needs. Roosevelt’s original masonry construction was designed to last; the rehabilitation treatments will help the building continue to fulfill its original purpose as well as adapt to new opportunities.

Exterior Scope:

One of the initial goals of the Minneapolis Libraries was aimed at breaking down barriers between books and people. Physical accessibility to the books was a critical issue when opening all the early community branches. The newly ‘refreshed’ Roosevelt site design incorporates needed accessible upgrades and social outreach amenities. The civic strength between the library institution and the Roosevelt High school was maintained while providing welcoming and accessible environments that the community desired. Roosevelt’s site includes the introduction of intimate exterior reading alcoves. These spaces are located under the existing old trees containing garden walls and fixed benches. The main entrance and sequence of approach from both 28th Avenue and the rear parking lot was brought up to code for accessibility along with well lit path lighting. The new exterior book drop was located adjacent to the main entrance and deposit directly into the library for safety and convenience, creating a cleaner and more efficient process but keeping a historic character. The new bike rack/parking area is now located off 28th Avenue, adjacent to the main entry and will help support the highly used alternative means of transportation to Roosevelt. The new site design invigorates the site experience, provides accessibility while keeping the strong site symmetry and historic charm.

Interior Scope:

Although the interior was completed gutted out the interior design was aimed to keep the historic character of a property; introducing distinctive materials and features, spaces, and spatial relationships that characterize this small and intimate tutor library. Amenities included more public computers, wireless access, a teen area, more books, DVDs and CDs, and flexible, appealing spaces with more seating. In addition; a new addition with lots of natural light was designed to house an open meeting space requested by the community. The addition design responses to the original building but is differentiated from the old with subtle features, scale and proportions but keeping with integrity of the property and its environment.

This little library is truly a gem worth reading at!

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Town Hall Lanes Underway!

HCM Architects is excited to announce that construction is well underway for Town Hall Lanes in South Minneapolis!  We were fortunate to partner again with Pete Rifakes, owner of  Town Hall Brewery and Town Hall Tap, for an addition to his establishments; Town Hall Lanes.  Located at 34th Avenue and Keewaydin Place, Town Hall Lanes is a renovation of the existing Skylane Bowling facility with the addition of restaurant and bar amenities.  HCM Architects has been happy to work with Patrick Dorn Construction and Thatcher Engineering to design a new, exciting space within the shell of the existing building.  Town Hall Lanes will retain the aesthetic of Town Hall Brewery and Town Hall Tap with warm, yet rough wood finishes, antique bar room carpentry, comfortable group seating and updated bowling lanes.  HCM is looking forward to following our collaborators through the construction phase this spring!

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Existing Skylane Bowling Facade

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Town Hall Lanes - Concept Facade

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Vast demolition continues!

Temp Window Enclosures have been installed and window restoration started. The loading Dock Removal is wrapping up. Abatement Continues and slab removal in Lower Level continues. Level one compete demolition is nearly finished. The design team continues to work through the historic process with Window mock-ups and brick matching. As the demolition continues the sea of columns are being exposed; the new stair wells and shafts are being cut in. What a transformation as we get down to the old infrastructure.

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Finishing touches!

Roosevelt is wrapping up quick; finishes and millwork are being install and are looking great. It’s amazing what some color and wood can do to a space. The ceiling and lighting are complete and cap the space to enhance the cozy ambiance of this small library. Rumor has it there is a lot of excitment for the grand opening this spring! We know we are!

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HCM Anniversary Party!

HCM turns 15 on February 2nd and will celebrate with an Anniversary Party on Friday, February 8th!

Thank you to all of our families, friends, clients and consultants for a wonderful string of years, hopefully with many more to come!

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