The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research project, built in the heart of a state-of-the-art research community. The Center aims to non-invasively obtain functional, physiological, and biochemical information to learn about biological processes in health and disease for humans and animals. The facility houses some of the world’s largest magnets for this study.

Empirehouse provided aluminum curtainwall framing, aluminum glass spacers, zinc fasteners, and interior aluminum door frames to meet the designer’s non-magnetic material requirements.

During installation, perimeter distances were established on the job site to prevent construction equipment, materials and other metals from being affected by the strong magnetic force that was able to stop pacemakers, cell phones, and watches.

To meet aggressive schedules, Empirehouse utilized “robotic” lifting and movement techniques to install the skyway connection safely and efficiently.
In addition, Empirehouse was able to meet the strict employee minority/disability work requirements established by the University.


Glass and glazing scope:
Glass type: VE15-2m with argon fill, low iron insulated glass
Skyway glass type: Warm grey 33%, silk screen pattern
Metal: EFCO 5900 Curtainwall, with 6″ vertical fin, custom paint finish-Stone Grey

CMRR, University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: RSP, Ltd.
Glazing Specialty Contractor: Empirehouse, Inc.
Total Glass Area: 16,000 square feet
Completed: 2010

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