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  Dunning Recreational Building Pg. 62Dunning Recreational Building
JBusch Caulfield Architects, Inc., 2402 University Avenue West, #501, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 9,688
Construction Period: May 1999 to Apr 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: United Contracting - 1050 Arkwright Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Structural Engineer: Larson Engineering of Minnesota, Inc. - 3524 Labore Road, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Emanuelson-Podas, Inc. - 6607 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55423
Landscape Architect: City of Saint Paul - 92 Orme Street West, Saint Paul, MN 55118

The Dunning Recreation Building was designed to serve a local community in the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Several community groups were involved during the design process. They represented a wide variety of interests from local sports teams to a gardening program run by an adjacent college. The challenge was to design a building that would serve all of the user groups and fit into the scale of the community.

Beginning with the bubble diagrams, the main circulation patterns and relationship of spaces were easily identified.The main entrance is visible from the nearest main street and is accessible to pedestrians and to people arriving by car. The entrance canopy is supported by steel columns that resemble a neighborhood bridge. The bridge was rebuilt a few years ago but some of the original bridge pieces are incorporated into the site.

The building is located in a neighborhood of houses built in the early 1900's. A hip roof was used and a bay window was incorporated that is built around an octagonal tower. The tower has become a focal point for the neighborhood and for the building. At night the light beaming through the windows in the tower is a sign that there is activity inside.

One of the functional requirements made by the City Park Director was the ability to see what is happening around the building without the need to go outside. This requirement was addressed by making the tower a central hub with windows or glass doors at the end of each of the spokes. The Park Director can stand in his office or in the reception area at the base of the tower and see to all sides of the building.

Exterior Walls - EIFS: Dryvit; Glass: Hoffers; Waterproofing: Carlisle; Metal Doors & Frames, Door Opening Assemblies: Amweld; Special Doors: Cornell Iron Works.
Roof - Asphalt Shingles: GAF Timberline.
Floors - Carpet: Shaw; Rubber Flooring: Tuflex.
Interior Walls- Paint: Sherwin Williams; Lighting: Day-Brite; Wood & Plastic Doors: Eggers; Hardware: Yale, Best; Acoustical Treatment: USG Interiors; Toilet & Bath Accessories: Santana, Bradley.

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