For Commerce Projects

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Office Building Renovation and Expansion

KFI was contracted to provide the energy modeling, engineering, and commissioning services for the expansion and renovation of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies’ office building. Sustainable design was a focal point of this project. The owner desired and received a LEED Platinum rating for the facility. This desire for energy efficiency and sustainability led the client to hire KFI for the complete design of the building’s MEP systems. In addition to redesigning portions of the existing building, a two story addition was constructed. The expanded portion of the building includes outdoor work areas, collaborative meeting spaces, a central cafe, fitness room, and workspaces with ample access to natural light. The building also incorporates energy efficient, motion-activated lighting and high quality indoor air supported by state of the art HVAC systems.

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Waconia Public Schools Laketown Elementary School

Following a successful referendum, KFI was contracted to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology engineering services for Waconia School District’s new elementary school. This new school, named Laketown Elementary, accommodates 600 students with an anticipated future expansion to serve up to 800 students in a 21st century learning environment.

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YMCA Projects

KFI has performed multiple projects for the YMCA organization across Minnesota and North Dakota. Projects have included new construction, additions, and remodels. For the projects listed below, KFI provided the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design.

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University of Minnesota – Williams Arena Roof Replacement

KFI was contracted to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and energy modeling services for the University of Minnesota’s, Williams Arena and Sports Pavilion Roof Replacement project. The facility, originally constructed in 1928, has undergone multiple renovations over the years, but energy inefficiencies and deterioration from failing roof drains and leakage made it necessary to replace the roof in its entirety. As part of the roof replacement, KFI provided the engineering necessary to replace of all the MEP rooftop drainage systems.

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Roseville Indoor Skating Center

The Roseville Skating Center is comprised of an indoor arena, the outdoor John Rose OVAL, banquet rooms, and meeting rooms. Built in 1969 on a campus of City of Roseville buildings, the skating center was in need of substantial upgrades to its aging and inefficient infrastructure. Looking for a sustainable solution to replace the outdated systems, the City of Roseville turned to KFI to conduct a facility study and provide options and recommendations for the best path forward. Following the City’s review of the study and option selection, KFI was retained to provide the project design.

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Minneapolis Courthouse Master Plan

How do you upgrade a historic 1902 building that covers an entire city block, has 680,000 gross square feet and must remain occupied during the upgrade? That was the question facing the Municipal Building Commission as they sought to improve temperature control and air quality, plus upgrade fire-safety systems, in the Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building. Their master plan included 23 stages and spanned 10 years; KFI Engineers (KFI) began work on the project for stages 8-15 and was unanimously awarded stages 16-23 when the MBC saw the effectiveness and creativity of KFI’s solutions for installing the new air handling system.

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Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse

The Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse is located in downtown St. Paul. The building was originally constructed in 1966 and underwent a renovation in 2004. The 450,000 square foot building is owned and operated by the General Services Administration (GSA) and is home to 17 courtrooms as well as various office spaces and branches of the government. KFI Engineers provided recommissioning and energy study services for this federal building. The primary goal of the project was to perform a comprehensive energy and water evaluation in order to lower building energy consumption. As part of this process, testing was performed on all of the equipment for functionality and accuracy of the energy management system. A detailed recommissioning plan was conceived using ASHRAE commissioning guidelines to include the following systems: HVAC, lighting, plumbing, and building envelope.

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Mall of America (MOA)

When the Mall of America needed to rebrand and renovate its amusement park in 2008 and redesign its southeast anchor store in 2012, they called KFI Engineers. For almost two decades, KFI Engineers (KFI) has reviewed tenant spaces and provided mechanical and electrical engineering for the largest mall in the United States. Flexibility, in-depth systems knowledge and an ability to integrate those existing systems with efficient technology are among the reasons KFI continues to deliver engineering services for MOA.

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Great River Energy

For more than 10 years, KFI has been performing mechanical and electrical engineering, and commissioning services for Great River Energy (GRE) on over 30 successful projects. These projects, of all different sizes, have varied from new construction to remodels, and have included both maintenance facilities, and offices. KFI has been able to provide GRE with numerous efficient and innovative solutions over the years. GRE strives for energy efficiency in their buildings with a goal of LEED Certification for each new construction project. KFI’s experience with the LEED process, along with a full time commissioning team, has made KFI a great fit for designing and commissioning their building’s systems.

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Alexandria Public Schools New High School

KFI was contracted to provide LEED mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new 280,000 square-foot Alexandria High School. Prior to performing design services, KFI worked with the district to produce pre-design documents to be used during the referendum process. An approved bond referendum provided the means to construct a new environmentally friendly high school.

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Wadena – Deer Creek New High School

In 2010, a severe tornado passed through Wadena and surrounding areas and destroyed the Wadena-Deer Creek High School. Immediate action was required, and it was quickly decided that a new high school should be constructed as opposed to rebuilding the old school. KFI was contracted to provide LEED mechanical and electrical engineering services for the construction of the new school.

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Maple Grove Public Library

The growing community of Maple Grove was in need of a new public library. Sustainability was a major focal point of the project which led Hennepin County to choose the ongoing architectural and engineering relationship of our team. KFI Engineers led the mechanical and electrical design while integrating some of the most modern sustainable technologies into the design of this one of a kind public library.

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