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  Dwan Maintenance BuildingDwan Maintenance Building


Shelter Architecture
1229 Tyler Street, N.E., #202, Minneapolis, MN 55413

General Description

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Date Bid: Aug 2013
Construction Period: Oct 2013 to July 2014
Total Square Feet: 7,240 Site: 92.2 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
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.

Project Team

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 sunlight.

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 costs.

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!”

Product Information
Building Envelope: Fabcon
Roofing: Johns Manville
Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: CMI
Interior: USG
Flooring: Ameripolish
Lighting: Cooper, Lithonia

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