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Florida’s first STEM-focused college, Florida Polytechnic University, marked its formal opening and the beginning of the 2015 school year on Saturday. The Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building that is the centerpiece of the campus was designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava... Read more →

Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood is quickly becoming a desirable location for the city’s creative and professional types, thanks to the old but viable buildings there. The area turned out to be a perfect fit for LHB Inc., the Duluth-based engineering and architecture firm.  The firm wanted... Read more →

MG McGrath Architectural Sheet, an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, has been awarded the 2014 North American Copper in Architecture Awards for three projects that MG McGrath recently completed. The North American Copper in Architecture Awards recognizes and promotes... Read more →

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Lynx and the Mayo Clinic are teaming up in a reboot of the Block E redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis.   The Mayo Clinic will open a 20,000 square foot medical facility and take over medical care for the NBA and WNBA franchises. The collaboration includes opening a... Read more →

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is undergoing a complete rebuild in a new downtown Berkeley location, west of Oxford Street between Center and Addison, with its opening set for January 2016.  The “topping out” celebration was a chance for art fans to sign the final beam before... Read more →

MG McGrath Architectural Sheet, an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, has been awarded the contract for the Mayo Clinic Square Project.  The Minnesota Timberwolves, Lynx and the Mayo Clinic are teaming up in a reboot of the Block E redevelopment in downtown... Read more →

Brunsfield North Loop name to the to the 2013 Top Projects List. The first United States project for a Malaysia-based company is Brunsfield North Loop, a decidedly modern addition to a bustling neighborhood. Architect Julie Snow crafted a reserved, gun-metal gray panel exterior much different... Read more →

MG McGrath Architectural Sheet, an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, has been awarded the 2014 Interiors Metal Architecture Design Award for the work completed on the Mall of America Rod Art Project.   MG McGrath designed, engineered, fabricated and installed the... Read more →

Metal Architecture features Black Bear Casino Resort.  MG McGrath furnished and installed 100,000 square feet of Trespa TS 100 in Italian walnut and white with a smooth and rock face finish.  The casino and resort features gaming, 250 hotel rooms, and a 10,000 square foot indoor pool complex... Read more →

On Saturday morning, it happened.  The students came to Florida Polytechnic.  Passersby may have wondered about the unusual building being constructed off Interstate 4 near the Polk City exit, but its purpose became clear and in focus on Saturday.  More than 1,600 people — about 500 future... Read more →

Now, the Corn Palace sits dome-less, as a two-phase, nearly $7.2 million renovation of the city-owned arena and tourist attraction takes a major step forward, visually, at least. Inside the Corn Palace, work has been ongoing since June, but has mostly consisted of demolition to make way for changes... Read more →

Beck Academic Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Building Rating System™.  The three-story, 125,000-square-foot... Read more →

The Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota (AIA Minneapolis) awarded four Merit Awards to projects by AIA Minneapolis architects that tell a story of excellence beyond design, reflecting the variety of forces that shape a building.  Unique in its approach to... Read more →

This five-story, Class A, LEED Gold certified office campus features Level IV Security with a progressive collapse structural system and blast force protection. The project includes a 144,360 s.f. office building, 108,108 s.f. 3-story, 300-car precast secured parking structure, 28,196 s.f. vehicle... Read more →

The new Xcel Energy structure along the Midtown Greenway is one of just a handful of substations in the country with an aesthetic exterior.  Architects used gold aluminum mesh to create a fabric-like wrap on the outside of the facility which will eventually be lit up at night.  MG McGrath... Read more →

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MG McGrath Architectural Sheet, an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, was awarded the contract for the renovation and expansion at the Corn Palace located in Mitchell, South Dakota. MG McGrath will furnish and install the aluminum exterior decorative turrets and domes... Read more →

The Line highlights MG McGrath in their featured article The Line | Design Tech: Why MSP is a Hotbed of Manufacturing and Fabrication Innovation MG McGrath’s projects included in the feature are: Denver Art Museum | Project Portfolio US Land Port of Entry | Project Portfolio Walker Art Center |... Read more →

Maplewood, MN June 16, 2014 MG McGrath, Inc. announced today that it has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota based on an employee-based survey project from the Star Tribune. “MG McGrath is exceptionally honored to again be named to the Star Tribune’s Top 100... Read more →

MG McGrath fabricated and installed custom aluminum plate panels for Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY in Conjunction with Leeser Architecture and F.J. Sciame Construction Company. Museum of the Moving Image is a museum of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and... Read more →

Six 2014 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Award recipients were honored at the annual awards reception at the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Court House. 2014 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Awards MG McGrath’s Union Depot Project Portfolio MG McGrath worked with Mortenson Construction... Read more →

MG McGrath Architectural Sheet, an award-winning leader in the architectural sheet metal industry, has been awarded the Regional and Local Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Craftsmanship Award for the work completed on the Krion 3-Dimensional Wall at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America. The... Read more →

Best in Real Estate judges saw this as a competitive category, but ultimately said the 26-story, mixed-use Nic on Fifth was a market-changing project in downtown Minneapolis. It already has spurred other development in the neighborhood and has the potential to change a national perception that... Read more →

From the Duluth International Airport’s new terminal to the expansion of a Boys and Girls Club in Rochester, Finance & Commerce’s Top Projects of 2013 honorees represent a range of construction projects in Minnesota.  A record 90 nominations were submitted, and 26 projects were selected... Read more →

Builders of a glass-sheathed Florida college building—topped by a 250-ft-long skylight shading system with 94 louvered arms that raise and lower to track the sun—say they could not have successfully executed the unusual design without intense consultant-contractor cross-pollination. The... Read more →

The 254-unit luxury apartment tower that has transformed the 19-story Soo Line building has been named Best in Real Estate 2014: Adaptive Reuse Multifamily Finalist: Soo Line Building City Apartments.  The specialty market, wine bar and restaurant; indoor/outdoor 20th story rooftop pool and hot... Read more →

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 →