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  J. R. Ferche Office Building, Page 44J. R. Ferche Office Building
340 Highway 10 South, St. Cloud, MN 56304

Rice, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 4,272
Construction Period: Mar 2004 to July 2004

Outsource Management Services - 841 2nd Avenue South, Waite Park, MN 56387 and Cole Group Architects - 216 Park Avenue South, #102, St. Cloud, MN 56301
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Larson Engineering of Minnesota - 3524 Labore Road, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Winkelman Building Corporation - 340 Highway 10 South, St. Cloud, MN 56304

The J. R. Ferche Office Building was one of those truly fun projects to work on. Winkelman Building Corporation and the owner stressed quality and image from the start of the design throughout construction. With the building site being very visible from a major North- South State Highway, the project had to create a captivating image for the multiple companies that would call it home. Outsource Management Services (OMS) worked with Winkelman Building Corporation to design a facility that was flexible, durable, energy efficient and very cost effective.

OMS used photo realistic rendering software to model the exterior of the building. This allowed the owner multiple views of the project prior to construction. During the design phase the building was rotated ninety degrees. This changed the configuration of the parking lot and landscaping leading to the front door. The exterior model was also changed during construction when the owner requested a change in colors as well as adding a decorative cornice. The owner and contractor were able to virtually walk around the building prior to implementing the design change.

The interior of the building is designed such that the interior walls can be re-configured to allow changes in office needs as the companies within grow and change. This was accomplished by using a post and beam system rather than having interior bearing walls. This created an interesting cantilever design for the clearstory area. The bearing point for the Southwest corner of the clearstory required a column that would have been placed directly in the center of the receptionist desk area. Using a cantilever, there was more space for the reception desk and also the columns were hidden behind a glass block wall. Glass block was also used for the wall between the reception area and the conference room. The natural light was borrowed from the waiting area while maintaining the privacy of the conference room. A high tech video presentation system and a telephone system for conference calls were designed for and built into the conference room table.

The energy efficiency of the entire building is another key in its success. The exterior walls consist of a durable energy panel structure system allowing for quick and easy construction. The panels provided a great base for the exterior insulation finish system (EIFS). The flexibility of the EIFS was important as the design changed slightly during construction. Exterior colors were modified and a decorative cornice was added later in the construction phase of the project. The color of the standing seam metal room was tied to the frame color of the reflective glass curtain wall.

The finished look of the J. R. Ferche Office Building is one that the City of Rice, the owner, Winkelman Building Corporation, and Outsource Management Services can be proud of for years to come.

DIV 07:
Fully Adhered EPDM Roof: Sarnafil; EIFS: Dryvit.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: EFCO Corporation; Glazing: Old Castle.

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