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 a vibrant environment for its 50 Minneapolis workers, but it also wanted a space that could serve as a design showcase for its Twin Cities commercial clients. LHB finally settled on the historic Loose-Wiles building. “It took a lot of shopping around to find the space – years,” said project architect Bruce Cornwall of LHB. “We wanted to find the right place at the right rate, and to have it be a space that we could design to meet our growth needs.” The Loose-Wiles building spent most of its 108-year history as the Sunshine Biscuit Co., the maker of Hydrox cookies and Cheez-It crackers. The original occupants conceived the space as a vibrant work environment with lots of natural light, a quality LHB was glad to keep. -Finance & Commerce
MG McGrath Scope of Work: MG McGrath fabricated and installed 775 square feet of 24 gauge crimped curved S Deck corrugated metal panels with a Galvalume finish covering the two conference rooms and the phone booth.
LHB Minneapolis Office Photo by Finance & Commerce staff photographer Bill Klotz