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McNamara Alumni Center

A University of Minnesota gateway for conferences and events

McNamara Alumni Center—University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Architect: Antoine Predock

Client: Granicor Inc.

Completion: 2000
Category: Cultural

Project Type: Stone Engineering


2001—Marble Institute of America & American

Institute of Steel Construction National Award

Award of Merit, Commercial Exterior

This award-winning project demanded a unique engineering approach. It’s multi-plane geometry created challenging detailing and sequencing.

McNamara’s architecture is bold and beautiful, inspired by the Minnesota landscape of wood, water, and copper. With ten unique meeting rooms, all on the first floor, McNamara offers event planners and attendees many conveniences, including tunnel connections to an adjacent 500-car parking ramp.

PICCO Engineering provided the shop drawings, shop tickets, and engineering for the exterior cladding geode facade.  Intricate installation drawings and precision engineering of the strongback subframe was a fundamental component of the work. 3D modelling was essential to executing this project with quality and success.

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