1229 Tyler Street, N.E., #202, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Date Bid: Aug 2013
Construction Period: Oct 2013 to July 2014
Total Square Feet: 7,240 Site: 92.2 acres. Number of Buildings:
Building Sizes: First floor, 7,240; total, 7,240 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; total, 14’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Remodel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Precast.
Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU,
metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Mattson, McDonald, Young - 901 N. Third
Street, # 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Dolejs, Inc. - 1624 N.
Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
General Contractor: Jorgenson Construction - 9255 East River
Road, N.W., Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Cost Estimator: Black | Dew - 2586 7th Avenue, E., #301, N. Saint
Paul, MN 55109
The Dwan Maintenance Building demonstrates the City of Bloomington’s
consistent commitment to attractive public spaces and high quality
architecture. Golf course maintenance buildings are usually relegated to
the category of banal utility garages. But at Dwan Golf Course in
Bloomington, Minnesota, a new maintenance facility defines how a
building can be functional and design-forward. When the original
maintenance building failed due to a heavy snow load, it was redesigned
to give staff members a light-filled and open workplace. In contrast to
the nearly windowless original structure, the reimagined Dwan
Maintenance Building expresses its beauty through the very elements that
protect its generous windows from errant golf balls and glaring
Tucked into a residential neighborhood, just north of the Minnesota
River, Dwan Golf Course is known for its “undulating greens and narrow,
tree-lined fairways.” Nestled between the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, the
site is both picturesque and convenient.
The City’s request for natural daylight and views in the staff support
space and maintenance garage led to a building with large spans of
windows in the office and lunchroom. A band of windows running the
length of the workbench provides daylight and views in the maintenance
space. Additional light comes from punched window openings and overhead
doors along the west wall. The effect is sparkling and pleasant;
however, the building is regularly hit by golf balls straying from the
adjacent greens and tees.
Shelter Architecture devised a screen wall assembly to protect the
windows but still allow controlled light in and provide for generous
views out of the building. Galvanized wire mesh is mounted approximately
four feet from the exterior wall to allow access to utilities and
facilitate regular maintenance. Galvanized metal grating above further
protects the building from shanked tee shots. Wooden slats, made of
exceedingly hard and stable Black Locust, provide additional screening
and a geometric pattern to break up the height and volume of the
building. The wood lends warmth and texture to the facade and keeps the
building familiar in its residential neighborhood setting.
Due to seasonal golf course constraints, the on-site construction period
was set from October through April. For both durability and efficiency,
precast architectural concrete panels with exposed-aggregate finish were
selected for the building envelope. The precast panels made it possible
to enclose the building quickly to minimize additional cold weather
Reactions to the new Dwan Maintenance Building have been complementary.
One of the golf club members recently remarked that “It’s modern and
upscale, not just another large shed!”
Building Envelope: Fabcon
Roofing: Johns Manville
Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: CMI
Lighting: Cooper, Lithonia