Bad Weather Brewing Company- Brewery in Progress

Client: Bad Weather Brewing Company

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Status: In Progress


Bad Weather Brewing Company owners Zac Carpenter and Joe Giambruno have commissioned HCM Architects to design their first brewery and taproom on West 7th Street in Saint Paul.  Creating a brew to table beer experience is the main idea guiding the design for the brewery.  Visual sightlines of the brew tanks provide beer lovers a direct connection with the beer they’ll be tasting.  The storefront of the brewery will have retractable garage doors that open and bridge the indoor taproom and event areas with the patio along West 7th Street.  More to come as construction begins!





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Harmon Park- Buildings & Site Improvements Underway

Client: Parks and Recreation Dept., City of West Saint Paul
Location: West Saint Paul, MN
Status: In Progress


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 city plans to redevelop the four existing ball fields on site in a new pinwheel configuration that will allow for simultaneous full usage for youth teams.  The fields will also have perimeter fencing, dugouts, bleacher seating and irrigation.


The renovation will also include a new concessions building located at the ball fields, a new warming shelter building for winter sports and a new community building with public meeting and office space.  All three facilities will have public restrooms located within.  The design of the buildings lends to a traditional style that mimics the surrounding residential context but also has simple modern elements such as angled bay windows, extended roof lines and exterior arbor structures.  The facade pallet is consistent among all three buildings and also remains traditionally classic with burnished stone base at the walls, linear wood panel siding and trim that uniquely wraps the buildings.


HCM Architects looks forward to the final completion of the Harmon Park renovation!  We would like to recognize the efforts of our additional project partners also; Emanuelson-Podas Consulting Engineers and Mattson Macdonald Young Structural Engineers.

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Upsher-Smith Laboratories PPC Facility Renovation Complete

Client: Upsher-Smith Laboratories

Location: Plymouth, MN

Completion: Winter 2014


Upsher-Smith Laboratories (USL) is a pharmaceutical company that manufactures generic and branded generic medications.  HCM Architects was commissioned to renovate an existing facility in Plymouth, MN for USL’s Plymouth Packaging Center (PPC), located southeast of the current USL manufacturing facility. The scope of the project was to demolish the interior of the facility and build-out new packaging, office and auxiliary spaces with new mechanical and electrical services within the existing ~30,000GSF building for 150 employees.


The renovation was successfully completed in Winter 2014 with the following partners; Schreiber Mullaney Construction, Paulson & Clark Engineering, Yale Mechanical and Collins Electrical Construction.









Valspar Applied Science and Technology Center – Phase 1

Client: Valspar Corporation

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Completion: January 2014


Valspar Corporation is a Minneapolis-headquartered international manufacturer of paint and coatings.  They are currently consolidating their North American Research and Test Lab capabilities into one campus named Valspar Applied Science and Technology (VAST) Center.  This campus is comprised of four (4) buildings centered at the intersection of 11th Avenue South and 3rd Street South in Minneapolis.  This specific project for Valspar involves the restoration and reuse of Building #4.  Building #4 is two adjoining buildings, the 5-story portion was constructed in 1903 using heavy timber framing, wood decking and load bearing masonry exterior.  During its 110-year history, the building has been home to Minnesota Linseed Oil Paint Company and Minnesota Paint Company before becoming Valspar Corporation.  The adjacent 3-story building was constructed in 1912 as a concrete structure and has served as a Valspar warehouse previous to this renovation.


In this project, Valspar proposed to reuse the building by renovating the 3-story portion as research and test laboratories and the 5-story portion as office and storage space.  Demolition and refurbishing of Building #4 launched in December 2012 and was complete and ready for occupancy in January 2014.  The restoration process was completed following the Minnesota Historical Society structure rehabilitation requirements to preserve the historic integrity of the building.


VAST Center has received OSHA Star Status, an important designation of an exemplary worksite safety and health management system which only 29 other companies in Minnesota carry.  VAST Center is also recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.


HCM Architects are proud to have worked on this project and credit it’s success to collaborative partnerships with; Loucks AssociatesHarris Companies, Parameters, Kraus Anderson Construction, Michaud Cooley Erickson, and BKBM Engineers.

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R&D Systems Executive Area Remodel

Client: R&D Systems

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Completion: Spring 2014


During the design of R&D Systems CCD Building, prototypical interior finish standards were created for the R&D Campus.  With the expertise of interior designer Jill Johnson of Isola Design, R&D Systems now has an elegant pallet of finishes to use in their future renovations.  The Executive area of Building 2201 was recent remodel project that was able to utilize these new finish standards.  The work for this space included removal of the old wall coverings, fresh paint/color, a modern carpet layout and more.  These small changes have completely transformed the space and have been very well received!



Boston Scientific WL3 Lobby Renovation Complete

Client: Boston Scientific Corporation

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Completion: December 2013


The Boston Scientific corporate team commissioned HCM Architects to bring new design energy to the existing Weaver Lake 3 Lobby. In 2005 HCM Architects designed the Weaver Lake 3 Building, though company branding had not been solidified at that time to incorporate into the project.  Today, Boston Scientific was looking to use interactive technology displays to brand their message within their main lobby.  HCM saw this as a perfect opportunity to partner with Star, a Minneapolis-based exhibit design company, to collaboratively design and build the client’s branding pieces. The final design included a new backdrop with monitor to the front desk, a touch screen area with fabric panel backdrops consisting of inspirational words used by the company, a light box column with another branding word used today, a large video screen wall consisting of 9 monitors that displays videos of company product, and finally re-working the BSC logo on the brick wall to be more visible in the space.


With a very short amount of time to execute the design, Star was able to build the pieces quickly and the BSC team was very happy with the end result! Since this project was such a success, we have now been asked to create this same energy in the WL2 Lobby. This design with be presented to the owner in the near future.

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R&D Systems CCD Building Renovation Project Complete

Client: R&D Systems

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Completion: September 2013


R&D Systems owns a building on their Minneapolis campus that was being rented out as tenant space. The building was in poor condition and the company was having difficulty keeping the spaces full. R&D Systems is a fast growing company and found they needed more space to accommodate that growth. Instead of using the building as tenant space, they felt it would be a great additional to their campus.


However, in order to make the building fit into the campus look, a lot of work needed to be done. This renovation projects included new labs, offices, lobby, breakroom, and warehouse space for the Hematology Department. The project was constructed in two phases, the first phase was called the Core and Shell package; including all work to the exterior shell of the building along with the addition of new mechanical systems and stairs on the roof and interior of the building.


The second phase was the interior build-out of the lab and office spaces mentioned above.  This project was very challenging because of the height restrictions of the Lower Level and the type of mechanical systems that needed to be installed to accommodate those laboratories.  This project was also a huge success utilizing the BIM tool Revit to create the Interior Build-Out package. R&D Systems is very unique and uses the Revit model for their facilities management. It was a learning process to understand the level of detail in which this building should be modeled, but in the end we created a very useful tool for their company and learned a lot more about the program to help us with future design projects.  This project was a great achievement for R&D Systems and HCM Architects. We had a great time working with the R&D team and look forward to future projects on their campus!

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

Client: Hennepin County, Roosevelt Public Library

Location: Standish Neighborhood, South Minneapolis

Completion: Summer 2013


Roosevelt Library of Minneapolis 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 exterior photos of the completed renovation.





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, friends and industry partners who have supported us along the way.


We would like to invite you to celebrate our 16th anniversary!

Join us at our office, 4201 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

Friday, February 7th, 2014  4-9pm

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.

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