Although the University of Minnesota’s 17th Avenue student residence hall and dining facility is brand new, the soon-to-be-named structure fits well in a historic area of University Avenue known as fraternity row. And that’s by intention, said Kevin Swanson, project manager at Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction. The University Avenue side offers a three-story section that is the same size and width of other frat houses and offers meeting rooms for two Greek organizations. That section seamlessly merges into a six-story structure. “The University Avenue section almost looks detached from the rest of the building,” he said. “There’s a strong attention to details — the windows are even double-hung while the rest of the residence hall has sliding windows. We really focused on fitting the building into the neighborhood. ” The first residence hall built on the U’s campus in more than a decade features 311 rooms housing more than 600 students and a 325-seat dining hall. For the architects, the goal was to stay true to the materials used in nearby buildings, according to St. Paul-based TKDA architect Brian Morse. -Finance & Commerce
MG McGrath’s Scope of Work: MG McGrath fabricated and installed 12,000 square feet of 4 mm MG-Composite Panels in finished in a smooth champagne anodized color. MG McGrath also installed 705 square feet of smooth light bronze anodized aluminum louvers.