We are under construction! The new offices for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is located on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The invasive plant species will be removed opening a visual and physical connection to the river. The entire site will be sculpted to demonstrate a variety of stormwater management techniques.

As with any former industrial site, there are challenges with knowing what actually is under the surface. Contaminates, old refrigerators, construction debris…? Soil borings will tell you what is directly below that spot but there cold be a buried oil tank 2 feet away! For the most part, we were OK -except for the geothermal wells. We ended up having twice as many as planned (60) due to rock. Luckily, they only needed to be half as deep to accomplish the same task.

The Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are going up as you can see by the photos. Once the steel work is done, the building shell will be completed in three days! We still have a long way to go but it is always exciting to see progress! Click on images to enlarge.
Contractor: Meisinger Construction

Written by Michael Huber AIA LEED AP
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