McGough Company Headquarters

Project Location: 2737 Fairview Avenue North St. Paul, MN 5511

Nominated by: McGough

The building houses nearly 250 employees previously located in three separate Twin Cities offices. The project salvaged and transformed a 60-year-old trucking terminal located next door to its former Roseville office to accommodate the company’s rapid growth. The building highlights the unique capabilities and quality workmanship for which McGough is known. Almost every decision that shaped the design of the new headquarters was based on the celebration of the culture and history of McGough. The renovation project created 54,277 square feet of office and collaboration space. The previous east and west building wings were demolished, and a new two-story entry addition was constructed, featuring a curved poured-in-place concrete staircase and a brick-cladding exterior. The terminal’s bow truss area was structurally reinforced and walnut-blasted, restoring the roof structure to its original splendor. The bow truss area, arguably the heart of McGough’s new headquarters building, houses a large and collaborative open office space featuring flexible workstations, huddle areas, break stations and glass conference rooms.

Prior to redevelopment, the property was a blighted trucking terminal with a long history of code violations that the City regularly addressed with the previous owner. The property is the east entrance to Twin Lakes Parkway, a new public road the city completed in 2015. The completion of the Parkway was delayed when redevelopment in the area stalled in the post-financial crisis economic climate.

Site assessment revealed tetrachloroethene (PCE), chloroform, 2-propanol, and toluene in sub-slab soil vapors. Lead-based paint was identified on existing steel structural members, and other existing structures were found to have asbestos containing materials. To address these concerns, a sub-slab depressurization system (SSDS) was installed over the original slab and below the newly installed raised floor system. Contaminated soil was tested and removed, and the lead paint was encapsulated. With these measures, as well as by utilizing laser scans of the existing terminal building to ensure for accurate design, McGough was able to reinforce and salvage the existing terminal building. A BIM model was used by the team to develop models for structural steel reinforcing of the terminal building based on the laser scans. Laser modeling technology was also used to coordinate the mechanical, electrical, fire protection, structure, raised access floor, and the architectural elements. The project team re-used building materials from previous projects for many of the building components. Old concrete forms were used as stand-up meeting tables. Old marble from the 1960s was cleaned and will now serve as the floor for an outdoor patio. Old steel beams were repurposed as a fence to a great lawn outside the building.

The new building was shaped by decisions pertinent to the culture of McGough and their legacy in construction. The exterior walls were built of hand-laid brick to put on display the craftsmanship of McGough’s masonry team. McGough’s expertise in cast-in-place concrete originates back to their very first major project as a general contractor. McGough is seeking WELL™ certification on its new headquarters in support of its commitment to its employees’ health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard™ is the first standard to integrate human health and wellness objectives into the design, construction, and operation of buildings.

Project Financing

  • Developer Equity & Deferred Fee
  • Bremer Bank
  • Municipal TIF District
  • Municipal Grant & Fee Waiver

Project Partners

  • City of Roseville (Economic development assistance)
  • Bremer Bank (Financing)
  • Vieau Associates, a Division of GZA (Environmental consulting)
  • HGA (Architectural Design and Engineering)
  • Oslund (Landscape Design)
  • Newmark Knight Frank (Real estate brokerage)
  • WL Hall Company (Architectural Products)
  • Lean Project (IPD contract consulting)
  • WELL Certified (Health and well-being certification)
  • Fredrikson & Byron (Legal)
  • Sunde Land Surveying (Land surveyor)
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Clean up oversight)
  • American Engineering & Testing (Soil borings and project testing)
  • Schadegg Mechanical (Mechanical engineer)
  • Gephart Electric (Electrical engineer)
  • Twin City Glass (Exterior/Interior Glass)
  • First American Title (Title company)
  • American Structural Metals Inc (Metal fabricator)
  • CD Tile & Stone (Tile)
  • Carciofini Company (Sealing/Coating)
  • Commercial Roofing (Roofing)
  • Dziedzic Caulking (Caulking)
  • Overhead Door Company (Interior doors)
  • HUFCOR (Office partitions)
  • Infinity Access Inc. (Fall restraint)
  • Julius B Nelson & Son Inc. (Painting)
  • MOCORP (Metal fabrication)
  • Metro Manufacturing Inc. (Tellecommunication)
  • Minnesota Utilities and Excavating (Excavation)
  • Olympic Companies (Painting)
  • Prescription Landscape Inc. (Landscaping)
  • RAM Construction Services (Framing)
  • Schumacher Elevator Company (Elevators)
  • Sonus Interiors (Flooring)
  • St. Germain Cabinet (Cabinetry)
  • TA Schifsky & Sons Inc (Landscaping)
  • Furniture (Parameters)