Pretty much everything about the Radisson Blu hotel project at the Mall of America was tight: the financing, the site, the safety precautions and accommodations for the mall’s daily business. Financing the 500-room hotel and 666 parking spaces proved very tricky, according to Tom Lander, vice president of Golden Valley-based Mortenson Development. The city of Bloomington used $14.5 million in tax increment financing bonds for the parking structure; Hennepin County provided $40 million in federal stimulus money; construction trades pension funds put in another $40 million; and the Carlson organization put up $40 million in equity. Finance & Commerce
MG McGrath fabricated and installed 110,000 square feet of custom flush seam metal panels in 12 different profiles and 7 different colors. Panel colors on the exterior of the building are bone white, matte black, anthra-zinc, mirror finish stainless, robust, aged metal, and mansard brown. MG McGrath also fabricated and installed Hat Channels, Z Furrings, Thermax Insulation, Vaproshield Wrapshield SA, with Louvers. On the interior of the building MG McGrath fabricated and installed the Custom 3 Dimensional Krion Wall that is the focal point of the lobby. The Krion Wall was created out of 7,000 square feet of Snow White and Fiery Red Krion with a satin finish.
Rendering: Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America
Completed Project: Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America
The hotel, which recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Basic certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, is among the first hotels in the state to win a LEED designation. Finance & Commerce
Address: 2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington
Project cost: $140.6 million
Project size: 500 rooms;578,750 square feet
Owner: Carlson Hotels Worldwide (hotel), City of Bloomington Port Authority (parking)
Contractor: Troy Blizzard, Mortenson Construction
Architect: Mark Swenson, Elness Swenson Graham Architects Inc.
Engineer: Dan Murphy, MBJ Consulting Structural Engineers