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Golden Metal Screens Create Stunning Architectural Experience Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York City | Architect: Joel Sanders Architect | Contractor: M.G. McGrath Inc. When New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library opened its doors in 1973, The New York Times called its soaring... Read more →



Just a few years ago, St. Paul’s Union Depot was a striking edifice in need of new lifeblood, a grand old building with far less purpose than it had before the Amtrak station relocated to a dingy cinderblock carbuncle off University. While its housing and restaurant tenants kept it alive... Read more →



Some five months before the first hockey players skate on to one of its two rinks, construction crews are diligently building the HARBORCENTER project.  The $172.2 million project — the largest private sector-financed in Buffalo’s history — is visibly taking shape and will be even more... Read more →



Property description: The University of Minnesota’s new 175,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center expansion looks to be part Lifetime Fitness, Vertical Endeavors and REI. The building houses dozens of exercise machines, weightlifting areas, a running track, courts for racquet sports, a... Read more →



MG McGrath, Inc. has been named a recipient of Finance and Commerce’s Progress Minnesota Award.  The Progress Minnesota Award is an acknowledgement of the individuals, companies and associations that are driving business, industrial growth and development in the Twin Cities and the State of... Read more →



The Los Angeles Times - 14 Museums to Visit in 2014.  MG McGrath constructed the exterior work of art to house works of art on three of the museums named to the list including: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum. Los Angeles Times | 14 Museums to... Read more →



Dramatically changed after a three-year renovation, the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium is poised to reopen next weekend.  The transformation is nothing short of astonishing.  A dramatic new Northrop Auditorium has emerged from 38 months of construction, unrecognizable to the... Read more →



The 160,000-square-foot innovation, science and technology building at Florida Polytechnic University will be the cornerstone of the campus and will establish the design scheme for all buildings within the first phase of the master plan for the new scheme for Florida Polytechnic University. The new... Read more →


March 28, 2014

Encore | The New Northrop

Encore | The New Northrop

The Grand Reopening of  the University of Minnesota Northrop building will take place in April.  The renovation takes the huge building which opened in the late 1920s and moves it well into the 21st Century. The original design by Clarence Johnson suffered as a result of the financial realities... Read more →



The restored Union Depot in downtown St. Paul has earned LEED Gold designation, the second-highest level of green building recognition offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The $243 million restoration, completed in December 2012, was initially a candidate for the less-prestigious LEED... Read more →



MG McGrath Architectural Sheet, an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, has been awarded the contract for the exterior façade of the new Facebook West Campus that is being built in Melno Park, California.  MG McGrath will furnish and install corrugated metal and... Read more →



The 160,000-square-foot innovation, science and technology building at Florida Polytechnic University will be the cornerstone of the campus and will establish the design scheme for all buildings within the first phase of the master plan for the new scheme for Florida Polytechnic University. The new... Read more →



Metal Architecture showcases the University of Minnesota’s newly Renovated Recreation Center as the Sports and Recreation Feature.  MG McGrath fabricated and installed 21,000 square feet of Dri-Design rain screen panels in natural metal with a zalmag finish  and 19,000 square feet of... Read more →



When it opened in the fall, Lincoln, Nebraska’s new arena created more than a venue—it made a new neighborhood from a tangle of train tracks. The Pinnacle Bank Arena is in the West Haymarket district of Lincoln, an area that until now was largely a rail yard. “It was a catalyst for the... Read more →



Maplewood, MN – March 10, 2014 –  MG McGrath, Inc. has been named to the 100 Best Companies to Work for 2014 List by Minnesota Business Magazine.  MG McGrath is an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, providing customers with master craftsmanship, dedication and... Read more →



Metal Construction News features City Target on State Street in Chicago in the March issue for the Project Focus of Retail.  McGrath provided and installed custom Perforated Aluminum and MDF panels. They were installed on both floors in the windows as a display back for both the interior and... Read more →



HarborCenter, located in Buffalo, New York  is a one-of-a-kind complex that will provide a unique participant and spectator venue for year round hockey and entertainment. The mixed-use hockey and entertainment facility featuring NHL ice rinks, hotels, restaurant, retail space and parting the... Read more →



The North Dakota Heritage Center is on track to be completed by Nov. 2, the official commemoration day of the 125th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood.  The Heritage Center will open its doors as early as this spring, but with only two of the four galleries ready at that time — the... Read more →



Nine Honor Awards were announced at the 79th AIA Minnesota  Annual Convention and Exhibition, on Thursday November 14. The jury, consisting of principals from  three nationally recognized architects firms, reviewed 66 honor awards submissions, all from Minnesota architectural firms. The Honor... Read more →



The recently completed 33,970-square-foot Studio Art Building in Macalester College’s Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center updates and expands an existing “brutalist” structure designed by Boston-based Perry, Shaw, Hepburn and Dean. The once forbidding brick and concrete fortress has become an... Read more →



Metal Architecture Magazine features the  Hmong College Prep Academy in the February 2014 edition of the project feature education.  The 78,300-square-foot, $12.6 million project is that was completed at the start of the 2013-14 school year, and will help HCPA further its goals of providing a... Read more →



MG McGrath Wins Most Innovate Use of SSL for the Mall of America Rod Art project.    MG McGrath designed, engineered, fabricated, furnished and installed three custom rod art pieces.   The ½” Diameter Rods anodized with six custom finishes hang on 1 millimeter stainless steel cables with... Read more →



The Kansas Statehouse Renovation 13-year basement-to-dome renovation that cost almost $325 million is completed.   The renovations, carried out by Treanor Architects and JE Dunn Construction, included updates to the building’s infrastructure and the addition of office space, a visitor center and... Read more →



It’s only fitting that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s new St. Paul headquarters emphasizes many of the same things that the nonprofit organization uses to construct homes throughout the metro.Inside the 27,000 square-foot building at 1954 W. University Ave., which is set to welcome about... Read more →



Metal Construction News features Healthesast University Park as their Healthcare project feature this month.  MG McGrath engineered, fabricated and installed a complete re-clad of an existing brick façade of the HealthEast University Park Medical Building. This included spray applied vapor... Read more →



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Metal Architecture Magazine features Breck High School  in the February 2014 edition of the project feature education.  The new 40,000-square-foot building is built in the same footprint of the old one but adds two new stories of space, a state-of-the-art science wing, two environmentally... Read more →



On a walk through MG McGrath Inc.’s sprawling shop floor in Maplewood, Mike McGrath points to several towering rows filled by 265 exterior coverings available for construction projects. Not far away, a handful of employees use a new $1 million laser metal cutter to craft a new sign that will... Read more →



Maplewood, MN – February 2014- MG McGrath, Inc. has been named a Recipient of Finance and Commerce’s Progress Minnesota Award.  The Progress Minnesota is an acknowledgement of the individuals, companies and associations that are driving business, industrial growth and development in the Twin... Read more →



Dodge Ram recently released its newest Truck Month commercial featuring the Ram 3500 Best in Class 30,000 LB Towing Capacity Truck.  The commercial is set at the Florida Polytechnic University Construction site.   The 160,000-square-foot innovation, science and technology building at Florida... Read more →



NABRICO or the Nashville Bridge Co. Building is an iconic building located on the front of Nashville’s Cumberland River. Built in 1908, the six-story, 5,000-square-foot office building was erected by Arthur Dyer. Construction of Nashville’s new NFL stadium in the mid-1990s required the... Read more →



The new Vikings Stadium is the largest construction project in Minnesota History.  Upon completion in time for the 2016 NFL season, the new stadium will seat 65,000 fans and could expand to accommodate 72,000 for major events. It will include 150 suites, 7,000 club seats, gift shops, restaurants,... Read more →



Metal Construction News showcases Salt River Fields as a featured project in their Sports and Recreation edition this month.   Salt River Fields is the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. MG McGrath worked alongside Mortenson Construction and HKS to complete this... Read more →



Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum was recently awarded the AIA Institute Honor Award.  The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which... Read more →



Metal Construction News highlights Pinnacle Bank Arena as their Sports and Recreation feature. The new 16,000 seat multi-purpose event arena will offer year-round entertainment, including concerts, family shows, touring acts and sporting events. It will also serve as the home of the University of... Read more →



Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a multiphase project that transforms the existing music, theatre and fine arts buildings into a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts complex anchored by a... Read more →