VAST Building B – Polymer Lab

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.


Bldg 1 New Entry - 1_8x6



Valspar Applied Science and Technology Center

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.







Wright County Ground Breaking

Here are some photos from the Ground Breaking at Wright County.

The excitement was evident—everyone was sporting smiles and hats!






Valspar – Phase 2

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.







Colossal Café – Grand Ave

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.


1517 Colossal Cafe - Grand Ave Floor Plans as of 2015.02.19

Ceiling Example (2)



HCM Crew

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!

HCM Staff - July 2015

Wright County Highway Maintenance Facility


HCM is working with Wright County to design and construct a new Highway Maintenance Facility! The site is currently being prepared and construction is set to begin this fall.


Wright County Highway Maintenance Facility

Bad Weather Brewery

Tap House - Coming Along!

Floors are polished, concrete bar-top is installed, reclaimed wood is up, tile is set, lighting is hung and the furniture and equipment is rolling in! Construction process is coming to an end and Bad Weather Brewery is expected to open late summer. Your beer cravings for the delectable Windvane brew will be satisfied soon! Check out Bad Weather Brewery’s website:

HCM is celebrating 17 years!

This year marks our 17th Anniversary. We are excited to celebrate another successful year with clients, consultants, colleagues, family and friends on Friday February 6th!

Come join us for a night of fun!



17th Anniversary Party Invitatiom

Happy Holidays 2014!

xmas card 2014