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Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department Office Building, Minneapolis

Photo: Mark Kempf, St. Louis

Dri-Design's metal wall panel system with flat and Tapered Series panels transformed a cinderblock printing plant into a 25,000-square-foot office for the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. The department provides food assistance, drivers' license renewals and social services to residents.

Brad Zeeff, president of Dri-Design, says the combination of the two panel profiles changes the look of the building. "The metal panels balance with the remaining cinderblocks while also bringing class and originality to the structure," he says.

Mobilize Design & Architecture, the architecture firm for the project, worked with the building owner and real estate developer, The Ackerberg Group, to create the design. David Witt, partner at Mobilize Design & Architecture, says his firm wanted to make the building more inviting to clients visiting the department. "There were only a few windows in the existing building so we wanted to add significantly more windows and get more light into the building," he says. "We wanted to transform the image of the building so someone coming by would think that a new building had been built on the site of the old building."

MG McGrath Inc. installed 4,660 square feet of Dri-Design's 0.08-inch aluminum Tapered Series panels and Dri-Design's flat wall panel system in Charcoal Gray, Slate Gray, Silver and Purple Rain. The Tapered panels were installed on a curved corner element, added to showcase the building. The Purple Rain color, which changes colors from gray to purple depending on the viewing angle, was applied to 694 square feet of the flat panels. The project also utilized sunshades supplied by Industrial Louvers Inc.

M3-Sixty was the local Dri-Design representative for the project. Will Pilkington, of M3-Sixty, says, "Dri-Design will realize design ambitions, and they are always open to new things."

Witt says his firm liked the flexibility of designing with Dri-Design panels. "We also liked the Tapered panels, which allowed us to do something unique with an important corner of the building," he says. "We had many color choices and were able to use a color shift paint on some of the panels."

Developer: The Ackerberg Group, Minneapolis

Architect: Mobilize Design & Architecture, Minneapolis

Installer: MG McGrath Inc., Maplewood, Minn.

Product representative: M3-Sixty, Maplewood

Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich., www.dri-design.com

Sunshades: Industrial Louvers Inc., Delano, Minn., www.industriallouvers.com