The architectural design of this project included programming, space planning, and exterior design for various shops, vehicle parking, vehicle service bays and offices for the maintenance building. In the corporate center, EAPC performed space planning, interior design, exterior envelope design, and office layouts.
EAPC worked closely with Minnkota Power Cooperative’s staff to determine current and future space needs. An in-depth study of existing facilities and the use of current space was performed in order to find inefficiencies and potential ways to improve them. The new campus brings all of Minnkota’s Grand Forks employees and equipment together in one place. Complex security and efficiency were of great importance in the planning process as well as planning for future growth.
The Campus features a 78,000 SF corporate office; 58,000 SF electrical operations facility; 28,000 SF warehouse; and detached 89,000 SF Large equipment and maintenance facility. Each space was designed to allow for future expansion.
The facilities were built completely out of architectural precast concrete, as it is an economical and durable option. The campus has a prairie style with a natural brick color, large metal roof, and overhangs. The interior of the corporate center features a three-story atrium through the center, tying the public and employee entries together. Public space includes a 10,000 SF conference center that can be divided into three smaller spaces, and a dedicated board room. Throughout the campus, there was a focus on natural light and collaborative spaces that are flexible and functional.
Additional sustainable design features include new a 646-well geothermal system that heats and cools the complex, as well as LED lighting and daylighting controls which utilize natural light instead of artificial light as much as possible.