on the boards
Some projects in progress
Southeast Library (Minneapolis)
MacDonald & Mack has started to do more work on buildings of the recent past, including Saarinen & Saarinen's Christ Church Lutheran. Our latest modern project is a major remodeling effort at Ralph Rapson's brutalist Southeast Library in Minneapolis. Built in 1963 as a credit union, and converted to a public library in 1967, the Southeast Library library serves the University of Minnesota area, including the Marcy-Holmes and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. Our project, in partnership with Quinn Evans and several subconsultants, is part of a broader effort by Hennepin County to overhaul four of its branch libraries. For the Southeast Library, the goals include improving space use, accessibility, and the broader user experience, making it a true twenty-first century library.
The full project team also includes: Mattson Macdonald Young (structural engineer), Nelson-Rudie Associates (mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer), Anderson Engineering (civil engineer), Damon Farber (landscape architect), Elevator Advisory Group (elevator consultant), Elert & Associates (technology consultant), and Watson-Forsberg (cost estimator).
Andrew Peterson Farmstead (Waconia, mn)
After immigrating to the United States from Sweden in 1850, Andrew Peterson (1818-1898), moved to this farmstead west of Minneapolis in 1855. He grew a variety of crops, including more than 200 kinds of apples, but he's best known for the daily journal entries he kept. The journals have offered researchers with invaluable information about rural Minnesota life in the mid-1800s, and also inspired Swedish novels and a musical written by members of ABBA (not a joke!). In collaboration with Mattson Macdonald Young (structural engineer) and Rolf Anderson (historian), MacDonald & Mack is working on a Historic Structure Report (HSR) to document the site's history and current conditions. We're especially excited to explore the integral link between the structures and the landscape that first inspired Andrew Peterson when he first arrived to this country. And if we see any members of ABBA at the site, we'll let you know.