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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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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Town Hall Lanes Underway!


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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!






CPG – Tech Center Addition

HCM is excited to have another project underway with Cummins.  This one is at their Tech Center Facility on the Fridley, MN campus.

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Valspar’s Building 4 – Phase 1 is underway!

Phase 1 in the complete restoration and reuse of Valspar’s Building 4 has just kicked off!  Valspar’s campus is comprised of four (4) buildings.  Buildings 1 through 3 are now utilized by Valspar for laboratories and office support space.  Building #4 was formerly known and used as the Administration Building by Valspar. The building has been vacant since Valspar moved its headquarters further downtown.   Valspar is renovating this building for their North American Research and Test Lab capabilities, reusing this facility will stimulate a consolidation into one campus; named the Valspar Applied Science and Technology (VAST) Center.

Building 4 is in reality comprised of two adjoining buildings, at that time MN Linseed Oil Paint Company, both portions very rich in history and charm. The first is a 5-story building that was constructed in 1903 with a wood timber structural frame, wood decking and load bearing masonry exterior walls.  This building incorporates 88,266 GSF.  The second is a 3-story building that was constructed in 1912 and has a poured in place concrete framing system, one way concrete slabs and a load-bearing masonry exterior.  This building incorporates 82,374 GSF.  A common load-bearing masonry wall separates the two buildings which includes openings that pass between the two buildings.  This wall was the former exterior east wall of the 5-story building before the 1912 addition; the buildings are now used and seen as one building.   Building 4 is programed in two parts, the research and test laboratories in the 3-story portion and office support and storage functions in the 5-story; all proposed in a multi-phase build-out.

Simultaneously as the design team worked with Valspar on the design and programing of the building, the team also worked to complete a SHPO -Historic Preservation Certification Application.  The goal is to have this building including the connecting building #1 registered on the National Historic Preservation List. Valspar saw the opportunity to restore a historic building that has a deep history with the city and with Valspar into a world class R&D faciltiy.

The overview of the work to be included in the next year of construction include: The exterior portion –the update of the building’s envelope; the building’s exterior will be cleaned, some re-pointing and replacement of deteriorated brick and crumbling grout.  Damaged terra cotta will be fixed while new structural supports will be installed for the highly decorative cornice.  Completely new roof system, and complete restoration of all the wood and steel windows.  The outdoor parking lot will be revitalized, parking spaces will be restriped and updated landscape is anticipated.  Consistent with R&D standards, the inside will have plenty of natural light, modernized lab spaces and updated building systems.  The goal here is to provide efficient staff work and lab areas, create accessibility spaces appropriate to the lab functions and energize the overall interior; keeping the balance between the rich historic industrial shell and the innovative technology and knowledge inside.


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Roosevelt Library Construction full speed ahead!

The renovation of a small public library gem in south Minneapolis is in full swing.  The project’s goal is gain a balance between its historic charm while incorporates modern amenities.  The exterior portion is almost complete including the update of the building’s envelope; the building’s exterior will get some re-pointing and replacement of deteriorated
brick and crumbling grout.  The outdoor public spaces have been laid ready for the updated landscape this spring.  The 500-square-foot addition for a multipurpose room for community and library activities has been constructed and closed up.  The addition adds a lot of space to this small library along with a lot of day light.

Meanwhile interior renovation is moving along! Consistent with green building standards, the inside will have plenty of natural light and updated systems.  The goal here was to improve staff work areas, create more efficiency and accessibility spaces and refresh the overall interior; keeping it warm, rich and intimate feeling.

The best part about this process has been the community’s involvement and their enthusiasm. Neighbors participated in a design collaboration to help refine the renovation goals.   Don’t only is this library getting a rejuvenated architecturally, Hennpin County will be provided more public computers, wireless access, a teen area, more books, DVDs and CDs, and new but appropriate furniture; flexible, appealing with comfortable seating.  The Roosevelt library will reopen in early summer 2013.

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A Place to Collaborate! Valspar Headquarters

On the 9th & 10th Floor of the Ameriprise Service Center Building in downtown Minneapolis, Valspar Headquarters resides. Only a few years after moving into the space with new layout/finishes/etc. the Valspar Team found the flow of space for visitors to be unwelcoming. Visitors must be greeted in the lobby of the Ameriprise building, making the Lobby on the 10th Floor rarely used. Instead visitors are walked through open office area where people are working quietly. After a lot of discussion, the Team decided it was time to re-work the South half of the 10th floor to create a sequence of spaces for a visitor to walk as they arrived for a meeting. In the center of this space is a large collaboration space for Team members to meet and work together. The room can be closed off or opened up to feel like one even larger space for gathering. There are a few smaller areas of soft seating for smaller Teams to gather with monitors throughout for employees to plug in their laptops and share ideas. This design project is very fast paced. The construction documents were created in a couple short months and construction began December 6th and will be complete on January 11th. Below are a series of design renderings and construction images thus far.

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