The architectural team from Sear-Brown faced several challenges during the design and construction of a new CVS Pharmacy Store in Chicago.
The University of Minnesota’s striking 230,000 square foot McNamara Alumni Center is fulfilling a 43-year-old dream on the Minneapolis campus. The $45 million Alumni Center, also know as the University of Minnesota Gateway, serves as an entry point for welcoming students, alumni, visitors, donors and families to the campus.
Later this year, Indiana will open the doors to one of the nation’s most innovative showplaces of history, art and science … its new State Museum. Nestled in the center of White River State Park in Indianapolis, the new cultural institution will depict the many “stories of Indiana.”
When the owners of Westminster Christian Academy began the process of renovating their outdated school building, they found Mitchell & Hugeback Architects to be the perfect partner for the project. Nick Walker, one of the Mitchell & Hugeback architects assigned to the project, was also a Westminster alumnus.
There were several challenges involved with the design and construction of a replacement for Wausau School District’s existing 60 year old G.D. Jones Elementary School.
Project highlights: A key to the State’s decision to use loadbearing masonry on this project was the fact that the architect/engineer had developed a prototype masonry prison design that had been very successful.
Four 5-story buildings, each with 250,000 sq. ft. of floor area. The owner, AT&T, put a high priority on early occupancy. In the design phase, non-masonry materials were considered for the exterior “skin,” but the client has always relied on brick to communicate and express the AT&T corporate identity and character. Walls consisted of brick and block veneer tied to steel studs. Standard brick was used, along with a beige/ white groundface concrete masonry unit in stair towers, on bridge supports for walkways, and on the base of the buildings. There was a continuous precast concrete band at the top of each row of windows and a continuous brick soldier course under the windows. There was an accent brick band between floors, and 8x8x16 groundface block with a center score were used inside the building near the elevators and on a few walls.