IIDA Northland Chapter recognizes the region's most Fresh, Artistic and Brilliant design work at the annual FAB Awards.
2016 FAB Award Winner
Community & Civic Award
St. Louis County –
Government Service Center Renovation
This underperforming office building in the civic district of downtown Duluth delivers essential social services, yet the MEP systems were failing and the offices were unhealthy. The solution was a high performance interior Re-stack and Renovation, the building remained fully occupied throughout the phased renovation replacing the MEP system and exterior windows. A shared perimeter on all floors visually connects the interior community of public and staff with downtown and Lake Superior. Locally made triple-glazed wood windows mark the perimeter. Sustainably harvested wood walls mark each floor's Public Meeting Areas. This supports a simple building palette of white walls and exposed concrete structural frame. Blue fabrics bring inside the sky and lake. The building is pursuing LEED EB Platinum certification.