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Archive for month: September, 2014

The House with a LEED Silver Lining

September 19th, 2014

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

Visit McMonigal Architects’ recent remodel during the annual AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour.

While the location of the original 1928 house near Lake Calhoun was ideal, the architecture, infrastructure, and layout did not reflect the family’s lifestyle or the sustainable features they desired.  Rather than tearing down the house, we collaborated with the family to re-energize their home to create a fresh, colorful, open, and modern environment.  The LEED Silver certified project maximizes energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmental performance.

Come and meet the McMonigal Architects team and see what ideas energize you.  Purchase tickets through the tour website here or at the door.  For more information on the home, click here.

 
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Hang on to Your Hat! The Plunge into Autumn.

September 10th, 2014

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

It’s been nearly a year since our last entry and so many exciting things have happened here at McMonigal Architects.  But fear not, we will only share the fun stuff with you.

Susie Bjorklund of Freedom Farm has approached McMonigal Architects and Jim Krech (Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates) to offer us a unique opportunity to donate our time and expertise in helping to bring their one-room schoolhouse back to life.  The end result of this special collaboration will be an addition and renovation of the already existing learning space.

Freedom Farm is a non-profit organization that enriches lives by partnering with the unique attributes of the horse to improve mobility, build confidence and encourage personal growth in children and adults with physical, mental & emotional challenges.  (http://freedomfarmmn.org/)

Last Saturday, McMonigal Architects was invited to join the Schroeder’s in their tent to view the featured polo match, hosted by Freedom Farm.  Jockeys from South America and all over the nation traveled to participate in this year’s fundraising event.  All proceeds from the Live Auction, Silent Auction, as well as Admissions helped to aid programs created by Freedom Farm.  This year’s recipients were Healing with Horses (a program for veterans), and Hope with Horses (teaching at risk teens valuable life lessons).

During half-time (after the 3rd “chukka”, named for the periods in a polo match), I (Lindsay) participated in the events Hat Contest and to my surprise, won!  What a treat!

 

2014 Freedom Farm Hat Contest

2014 Freedom Farm Hat Contest

As we take the plunge into Minnesota fall weather, we also approach the annual Homes by Architects Tour, hosted by AIA Minnesota.  We will be featuring our most recent remodel near Lake Calhoun in south Minneapolis.  This is a great opportunity to see what’s new in the architectural world and to come meet the McMonigal Architects team!  There are also an additional 15 other homes on display.  The event runs Saturday, September 20th through the 21st, 10am to 5pm.  For tickets to the event, click HERE, or for a sneak peak of the home, click HERE.

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