Wells Concrete Products, Inc.
Completed in August 2013, MnDOT Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station was estimated at $13.8 million and bids totaled at $12.9 million. “This project makes a unique design statement out of an ordinary utilitarian building type, using simple economical materials, such as precast concrete, metal panels and painted steel,” said Ed Kodet, Jr., FAIA, president of Kodet Architectural Group.
Encompassing 108,000 square feet, this new facility combines the functions of the Golden Valley and Maple Grove Maintenance Facilities into one building. It functions as a hub for MnDOT, providing 34 vehicle maintenance stalls, four large welding bays, as well as space for 27 vehicles in heated storage. The Field Supply Inventory Center is the building’s core, providing access to both vehicle maintenance and storage, and servicing other MnDOT facilities with a loading dock for vendors’ access.
“Combining the station operations and mechanics facility in one location centralizes these functions and reduces maintenance and operations costs for the Metro District,” according to MnDOT. “The main building layout is more efficient for MnDOT staff’s use and provides a safer and healthier work environment due to design of HVAC, lighting and materials distribution systems.” These systems were developed working closely with local utilities to achieve energy rebates, incorporating occupancy and daylight sensors and high efficiency.
Kodet Architectural Group’s design followed the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (MSBG), incorporating materials that are locally available and recycled. Sustainable concepts implemented include a geothermal system with wells on site, and clerestory windows and skylights in vehicle maintenance to provide daylight. Computer modeling was used to optimize the openings’ locations. Kodet also used computer 3-D modeling for renderings and cost estimate takeoffs.
“The design was a successful collaborative effort between the design team, Metro District staff and MnDOT Building Services staff, which worked closely through the programming, design and construction phases,” praised MnDOT. “This project is a tremendous addition to MnDOT’s facilities and will support metro operations for many decades into the future.”
MnDOT Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station is one of four projects are recognized as 2014 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award Winners. Kodet Architectural Group also will be honored for the Hmong College Prep Academy’s design.
Architect: Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.; Minneapolis; http://www.kodet.com/
Structural Engineer: Mattson MacDonald Young, Inc.; Minneapolis; http://www.mattsonmacdonald.com/
Civil Engineer: Larson Engineering of Minnesota; White Bear Lake, Minnesota; http://www.larsonengr.com/
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.; St. Paul, Minnesota; http://www.kfiengineers.com/
Landscape Architect: Damon Farber Asssociates; Minneapolis; http://damonfarber.com/
Pre-cast Concrete: Wells Concrete Products, Inc.; Albany, Minnesota; http://wellsconcrete.com/
General Contractor: Merrimac Construction Company, Inc.; East Bethel, Minnesota; http://www.merrimac-const.com/
About Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd. is a Minneapolis-based full-service architectural firm, serving a diverse range of clients in several market sectors. The Kodet team specializes in education, religious, public facilities, historic restoration, recreational, and retail design.
The firm’s focus is to represent the best interests of their clients. Good design while meeting budgets and schedules comprises the firm’s practice philosophy. Throughout its 30-year history, Kodet Architectural Group has excelled at customer service and has a strong portfolio of award-winning projects.
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