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Celebrating 30 Years!

January 22nd, 2015

by Nick Dellwo

McMonigal Architects celebrated our 30th anniversary at the recently opened Bauhaus Brew Labs on January 20th, 2015.  About 400 clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers, reps and family made for a truly special evening.  People loved the atmosphere, Bauhaus-brewed beer, local foods and lively conversations with friends both new and old.

Our office moved from the historic Grain Belt Brewery to another historic building, the Crown Iron Works of NE Minneapolis, just over two years ago. At our Grain Belt office, built in 1891, the columns were stamped “Crown” and were cast here at our building. Since most of our friends had not seen the new space, we offered hourly tours that highlighted our office and what we do. Fortunately, we had warm January weather and our office is across the parking lot from Bauhaus. The tour included a look inside the original vault of the Crown Iron Works, with its unopened safe and unknown contents.


If anyone has any special safe-cracking skills, please let us know!

 

Thanks to all of you who could come make our party a success!

 

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Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board

December 3rd, 2014

by Phil Hofstad, Associate AIA

Rosemary and Lt Gov Yvonne Prettner Solon

Rosemary and Lt Gov Yvonne Prettner Solon

Pictured above is Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon presenting Rosemary’s service award to the State of Minnesota.

From 1999-2014, Rosemary served as an architectural advisor to the Board.  She reviewed issues directly affecting zoning, planning, development and design within a 60 block area surrounding the Capitol in St. Paul.  She advised on projects ranging in scale from signs to Cass Gilbert’s Capitol $270 million restoration currently underway.

In the last two years of service, Rosemary advised on over $400 million in projects.  She served as juror and jury chair for a number of national competitions, and on selection committees for architects and contractors for projects in the area.  She regularly worked with the Lieutenant Governor, State senators and representatives, city of St. Paul officials, and board members.

At the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota Convention in November, Rosemary was honored to receive a Presidential Citation.  The award reads:  “For exemplary service to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board representing AIA Minnesota for 15 years.”

Presenting the award to Rosemary is Tim Dufault, AIA (AIA MN president 2015) Tom Hysell, AIA (AIA MN president 2014), and Beverly Hauschild Baron (AIA MN Executive Vice President).

AIA MN Award

AIA MN Award

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2014 BLEND Awards

October 7th, 2014

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

We are excited to announce that we are this years winner for the EcoBlend category! Since 2007, the Buildings and Landscape Enhancing Neighborhoods through Design (BLEND) holds an annual ceremony to award builders, designers and home owners for their excellence in blending residential or commercial remodels/new construction into Minneapolis neighborhoods.

“The EcoBLEND Awards were created to encourage and reward builders, architects and homeowners for incorporating eco-friendly design and sustainable building practices into new and remodeled projects in Minneapolis.”

For more information about BLEND, or to view this years winners, click here.

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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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For the Love of St Paul!

September 27th, 2013

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

St Paul Tour

Oh, for the love of St. Paul!

A lively architectural tour of the City of St. Paul happened on September 14th.  Rosemary led a 17 block walk from the farmer’s market in Lowertown past 30 buildings, 25 of which are on the National Register of Historic Place.  The tour ended at the oldest commercial building still on its original site in either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul.  Yes, that same building served as Minnesota’s arsenal from 1865-1880.  Any guess on the current building name?

The tour benefited Fundacion Comunidad www.fundacioncomunidad.org.  Comunidad runs six preschools in Peru, along with supporting 12 scholarship students, and provides approximately 350 daily school lunches.  Melanie Ebertz is one of the non-profit’s founders and the creative genius behind Art Andes www.artandes.com.  Check it out.

Did you guess right?  The building is the Original Coney Island, housed in two buildings, built in 1858 and 1884, and the smaller of the two buildings is the oldest.

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Specs – not the eyewear variety but just as eye-opening.

September 18th, 2013

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

AIAMN Specs Seminar

Rosemary recently presented a seminar on Residential Specifications at AIA Minnesota with colleagues Paul Hannan, Mark Larson and Tan Nguyen.  Specifications are the technical language that architects use to communicate details on a project.

Everyone thinks that architects only do drawings, but specifications are the other part of any project.  For example, drawings show the quantity – you can count the number of doors on the drawings.  What exactly are the doors?  Specifications show the quality.  For instance, are the doors wood or metal or fiberglass, how many coats of varnish or paint, what type of hardware, the manufacturer and model number, type of glass, frame, thresholds, etc.  Specifications are the written description of the materials, products, standards and workmanship used to construct a building.  Together with the drawings, specifications form what the industry refers to as the Contract Documents for construction.

We are passionate about the vision of our designs.  We prepare carefully detailed drawings and specifications so that the construction team can turn that vision into reality.

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