A recent article by Architecture MN Magazine describes the design of the Minneapolis Warehouse District’s new T3 building, the largest timber building in North America.
“In a nod to the surrounding structures, many of them vintage brick, the architects chose to clad the building in weathering steel. The material “has the variegated, warm color of a brick facade,” says Cavanaugh. “You get the warm oranges and browns and deep reds of a brick without burdening the structure with the weight of a masonry skin.”
Cavanaugh adds that the steel also has a lesser carbon footprint than brick, which contributes to the sustainability of the project. That’s in addition to the timber itself, which will sequester about 3,200 tons of carbon over the life of the building. With companies looking for efficiency and their young employees looking for sustainability, it makes for a combination “that appeals to the CFO as well as the head of human resources,” says Pfefferle.” – Architecture MN Magazine
MG McGrath worked with the T3 project team on the interior and exterior of the building. On the exterior, Our team furnished and installed 44,585 square feet of 20 gauge pre-weathered steel and 1,000 square feet of .080” aluminum with a two-coat finish. Blackened steel was fabricated and installed throughout the interior of the building, including custom booths, a custom feature booth, and a custom feature wall with “T3” perforation.
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