McNamara Alumni Center
A University of Minnesota gateway for conferences and events
McNamara Alumni Center—University of Minnesota
Architect: Antoine Predock
Client: Granicor Inc.
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.