The A.B.L.E. burn building (named for the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Eagan) was opened on July 18, 2013. The new training facility is made of concrete and can withstand temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Farenheit. The four-story structure is designed to mimic a variety of buildings and room styles, from a single family home to an apartment building to a commercial property. Proper training is critical for firefighters and first responders. The new building will provide opportunities to learn and practice forced entry, fire suppression, search and rescue, high rise evacuations, ladder rescues, and rooftop operations. The 5,700 square foot facility replaces a more limited 750 square foot building that had served out its useful lifetime, enduring 25 years of scorching heat and abuse.
The Roseville Fire Station is a new facility that consolidates three former stations and the fire administration into a single location. This building includes six apparatus bays, office, support functions and dormitories. State of the art training features are designed into the building, allowing fire fighters to do almost all of their recertification training on site. In addition the project focuses on sustainable design principles, providing significant benefits to the occupants, citizens and environment.
Completed in 2008, this project was the first project in Minnesota to receive a Green Globe certification. The Green Building Initiative recognized this project with a “Two Globe” rating, and the building is also Energy Star certified. Using a highly efficient geothermal heat pump system and ventilation exchange allows this building to greatly reduce energy usage. The beer coolers are also integrated into the geothermal system.
The Dakota County Community Development Agency office building is a new 30,000 square foot two story building. It houses CDA’s administrative, client services and development functions. Along with private and open offices, the project includes a training facility and board room. Natural ponding on the property cleans and controls storm water run-off. Low glare outside lighting of the parking lot and building accents the natural environment.
This city hall complex includes a state-of-the-art council chambers, training room, and public meeting space. The offices are organized into pods of open office space with private offices surrounding. Conference rooms and support spaces are shared among the offices. Key objectives of the design included room for future expansion, durability, and flexibility to mechanically and electrically zone the building based on time-of-day and public uses. This project is displayed as a sustainable design case study on Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website.
The new North Country Bottle Shop was designed to generate better cash flow by attracting new customers and reducing costs through efficient systems.
Welcoming customers starts on the site where the parking lot accommodates cars, pickup trucks with trailers and RVs for convenient access to the store. A bright and spacious interior reduces visual clutter to emphasize the product for sale. A trellis covered wine area, large retail floor and walk-in beer cave provide for plenty of selection and easier circulation throughout the store.
Geothermal heating and cooling, occupancy sensor controls, LED lighting and other high efficient building systems substantially reduce the overall cost of operating the store. Along with these systems, the store is laid out and shelved to reduce handling a larger volume of product and allowing staff to spend more time with customers.
This major addition to the existing MMCD facility greatly expanded the office space and provided all new vehicle and equipment storage. The project included extensive site work to integrate the new additions into the existing property. Sustainable design was also an integral feature to all new work.
The new Black Bear Exhibit along the zoo’s Minnesota Trail was designed to house three young black bears. The project includes a holding building, visitor viewing areas and an exhibit space that contains rock formations, indigenous vegetation, and water elements based on a bear’s natural habitat.
The exhibit consists of a rock bear cave with small public viewing window, outdoor exhibit with pond, view gallery with large window looking into the outdoor exhibit, and enclosed bear dens with zoo staff access. Steep grade on the existing site required the building step down towards the lake with retaining walls to allow service access. The areas viewable by the public are designed to give the look of the Minnesota north woods with rock work and landscaping.
The holding building provides a secure, low maintenance area for staff to care for the bears. Controlled circulation of the animals allow zoo keepers the ability to separate bears when required and capture individuals when necessary. Durable materials are used to withstand the wear and tear of housing large animals. Special and multiple animal caging systems are used to ensure the security of staff and the public. Areas for cleaning, food distribution, and other animal care features are provided within this building.