University of Minnesota-BioScience

The University of Minnesota Medical Biosciences Building represents the first project in an ongoing investment by the University of Minnesota in the University’s Biomedical Discovery District. This five-story, 115,000 square foot facility is the new home to the University of Minnesota’s Alzheimer’s disease, immune system, and neuroscience researchers who were previously spread across campus.

Construction process
The overall installation process was complicated by very specific, intricate connection detailing of the entire exterior enclosure. By integrating the aluminum composite panel cladding into the curtainwall system, Empirehouse was able to provide a uninterrupted building envelope.

Innovation
Empirehouse integrated the majority of the building façade into the curtainwall system. This included the composite metal panel and vapor barrier components.

Interesting facts about the University of Minnesota Medical BioSciences Building
Total glass and metal panel area: 31,000 square feet
Glass type: VRE2-63 with argon fill
Additional glass type: Warm grey 33%, silk screen line pattern
Metal: OldCastle Building Envelope two-sided structural silicone glazed curtainwall, custom paint finish-Stone Grey

Medical Biosciences Building, University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Contractor: Kraus Anderson
Architect: Perkins + Will
Glazing Specialty Contractor: Empirehouse, Inc.
Completed: 2009

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