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Top Projects of 2017: Foundry Lake Street.

Byline: Dan Emerson

For the architects and contractors who designed and built Foundry Lake Street, a six-story luxury apartment building at 3118 W. Lake St., the biggest challenges involved space a relative lack of it.<br />Because of the narrow building site, the architects worked extensively to maximize the site density and figure out how to build the structure out to the edge of the lot line. "The project was all about urban density. It was a tightrope, with the space we had to work with," said project architect Chris Willette of Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture & Design.<br />The long, narrow site posed logistical challenges for contractors, said Chris Grzybowski, Midwest managing director for Salt Lake City-based Big-D Construction. With only one access point, "we could only get at it from the front, and had to build north to south, or back to front."<br />With no room to stockpile materials, a lot of logistical planning was done to schedule everything for just-in-time delivery.<br />"We had to be creative in how we scheduled and coordinated work," said Grzybowski.<br />The contractors had to shore up the project's internal structure so that heavy equipment could be driven over the underground storm water system without damaging it.<br />The Foundry's high-profile location, along the Midtown Greenway between Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly Calhoun), Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles called for creative, eye-pleasing exterior design, Willette noted. The architects used a perforated, Cor-Ten steel to create a "movement stripe" across the south side of the building; a custom light display to accentuate the building's curving rectilinear shape; and big windows and decorative concrete fiber panels to make it more visually appealing for pedestrians.<br />To give the building a dynamic presence along Lake Street, the architects situated a number of amenities on the forward side, such as the rooftop pool deck, a club room, a high-tech fitness room, a dog wash/dog run and rooftop vegetation. With five stories stacked on a "podium" level, the designers used plenty of glazing to create a panoramic, jewel box-like effect, so that "the lake view is falling out in front of you," Willette said.<br />[divider]<br />Address: 3118 W. Lake St., Minneapolis<br />Project cost: $20 million<br />Project size: 164 units<br />Owner: Trammell Crow Co.<br />Contractor: Big-D Construction<br />Architect: ESG Architecture & Design<br />Engineer: Sunde Engineering (civil), Kimley-Horn (project engineer), Meyer Borgman Johnson (project engineer)<br />[divider]<br />Like this article? Gain access to all of our great content with a month-to-month subscription.Start your subscription here.

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Date:Jul 27, 2018
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