Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation provided more than 13,000 sq. ft. of its TDR-6 deep ribbed metal wall panels for a new apartment tower, known as LPM Apartments, in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Loring Park area of the city has become the go-to destination for many young adults and professionals due to its proximity to downtown Minneapolis, affordable prices and amenities like coffee shops and restaurants. The neighborhood has grown in recent years, making it an ideal location for LPM.
Magellan Development Group, LPM developer, began visualizing a luxury apartment high-rise befitting of the surrounding area, yet having the edge that a large city brings. The developer and architect had a specific design in mind for what is now the tallest apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis. The main portion of the 36-floor tower is curved on both faces with only two corners, one on each side where the faces meet. From above, the shape is similar to an oval pointed at both ends. The base of the tower is a 5-story podium that contains a public parking garage and space for commercial build-outs. The project team had a specific aesthetic in mind for the podium and turned to Metal Sales™ to achieve the desired look.
“The design team needed a specific, deep ribbed metal panel to give a shadowed effect when the sun hit it,” said Brian Berwald, Project Manager at Berwald Roofing & Sheet Metal Company, Inc. who served as metal panel installer. “Metal Sales offered the best product options to fulfill this requirement.”
More than 13,000 sq. ft. of Metal Sales 22 gauge exposed fastened TDR-6 deep ribbed metal wall panels with mitered corners were installed horizontally on 3 elevations of the podium. The panels give the podium a sleek appearance for the blue-glassed tower to rest upon.
Color choice was a key feature in the architectural design of the metal panels surrounding the podium. The designers worked closely with Metal Sales to get the exact color envisioned for the project. Metal Sales was able to provide the team with metal panels finished with a custom PVDF paint in a California Redwood color.
“Working with Metal Sales on LPM went smoothly from the initial design through the final paperwork,” said Berwald. “They supplied the design team with product and color samples, and contributed invaluable technical support on the mitered corner panels.”
LPM was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Counsel (USGBC). The project team includes architect Loewenberg Architects, Chicago, IL; metal panel installer Berwald Roofing & Sheet Metal Company Inc., St. Paul, MN; general contractor joint venture between James McHugh Construction Co., Chicago, IL, and Adolfson and Peterson Construction, Minneapolis, MN; and owner Magellan Development Group, Chicago, IL.
Photo credit: Bergerson Photography.