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  • Keeping Cool With Copper

    August 2, 2017 – The copper cladding on the University of Arizona’s Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building echoes the striated mesa formations of the Arizona desert, while screening the building from the desert sun to maintain cool temperatures inside. MBJ worked with client DPR Construction and the copper fabricator to design a unique cold-formed/steel hybrid framing system to support the building’s remarkable exterior covering. In recognition of its innovative design, the building recently received the 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Award from the Copper Development Association and, also, the 2017 Metal Architecture Judges Award for “the innovative use of regional, recycled and recyclable copper in its inspired and high-performance façade.”

    Metal Architecture magazine writes: “To make this sunscreen, the cladding system uses nearly 4,800 formed, bent and perforated copper panels to reflect light and cast shadows that reflect the canyon walls. Installing the copper cladding required more than just industry standard flat-panel installations. To meet the design intent, the panels have custom shapes with custom folds, and the wall assembly was fully engineered for the extreme desert climate.”

    Read more about the project at Metal Architecture.

  • Maurices F&C Top Project

    June 22, 2017 – Maurices new office headquarters in downtown Duluth was recently named one of Finance and Commerce’s Top Projects. To meet criteria for the honor, projects had to be completed in 2016 and demonstrate complexity, creativity, and innovation in both design and construction with a high level of cooperation among contractors and management.

    Maurices also graces the cover of the latest issue of Architecture MN. The story, which is illustrated with lots of photos, starts on page 22.

    Learn more about the project.

  • Bees Win Again!

    March 10, 2017 – Check your mailbox or local newsstand for the March/April issue of Architecture MN, featuring this year’s six AIA Minnesota Honor Award winners. As structural engineer of record on four of the six, we are proud of our contribution and grateful to our architect colleagues for bringing us on board these exciting projects: Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center (MSR Design), The Rose residential development (MSR Design), Izzy’s Ice Cream Factory and Scoop Shop (Salmela Architect), and Larson Bergquist residence (Salmela Architect).