Wells Concrete was selected as the precast supplier for the Cardiovascular Headquarter project in New Brighton, MN with Ryan Companies (Minneapolis, MN), Mohagen Hanson Architects (Wayzata, MN) and Advanced Structural Technologies (Bloomington, MN).
The development involved months of negotiations and hurdles as the property for this project required considerable land-use approvals and redevelopment agreements with associated costs in public improvements and environmental remediation. The city agreed to pay a share of the costs and contributing some TIF financing in the sale of the land to Cardiovascular. The selected is a ten acre plot is located in the northeast quadrant of Highway 694 and Old Highway 8 in New Brighton.
The 125,000 square foot building will include office and research and development space. Ryan was originally set to build, own and lease the headquarters but plans changed for Cardiovascular stepping in to buy the land and own their building retaining Ryan as the General Contractor. The plans were also originally developed with 8 foot wide precast panels; Wells Concrete provided an alternative to the design which included a 12-foot wide panel. By increasing the panel width the project gained efficiencies in production; in the installation process with less number of panels to transport and handle for setting; and few joints to caulk. The panel layout modifications offered a more economical precast scope.
An architecturally finished precast panel was also embraced in lieu of gray panels (initially specified to be painted) with two different mix designs in three different textures. The modification offers distinction between the main entrances and main building. The main entrances will feature white-colored panels with a sandblast finish while the main building will boast charcoal-colored finish with a combination of sandblast and water-wash with reveals within the water-wash areas in acid-etch.
Precast installation is slated to begin mid-July 2014.