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.


Following photo credits to Paul Crosby.




Bio-Techne/R&D Systems CCD Building Renovation Project Complete

Client: Bio-Techne / 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 project 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 and project partners; Sunde Engineering, Mattson Macdonald Young, Aid Electric Corporation, Egan Company, and RJM Construction.  We had a great time working with the R&D team and look forward to future projects on their campus!


Following photo credits to Paul Crosby.







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’. 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

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!

Client:  Pete Rifakes, Town Hall Lanes owner

Location: Keewaydin Neighborhood, South Minneapolis, MN

Completion: July 2013


HCM Architects, Patrick Dorn Construction, Thatcher Structural Engineers and Premier restaurant equipment company 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!

Initial Exterior Concept Sketch

New Exterior

Grand Opening Celebration

Town Hall Brew




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


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.


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!


























Stratasys – SMACS Office Build-out

HCM has completed another project with Stratasys.  This exciting company has been a wonderful new client this year and we are exciting about ongoing design efforts with them on numerous fronts.


Almost done. A view across the new curtain wall opening into adj. open office space.

CPG – HRTC Addition

HCM is proud to have worked with Cummins Power Generation on another successful, large project.  This one is an addition to their Fridley, MN plant and is the first of three phases.

Phase 2 and 3 have been documented and are scheduled to start construction in the spring of 2013.



Greatbatch Completed

The addition of a clean lab, support spaces and an open office for Greatbatch Medical is now completed.

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