LEO A DALY’s New City Center Design Saves Forest Lake Anticipated $1.5 Million

Collaboration with city, Kraus-Anderson Construction Manager helps achieve project’s success

(MINNEAPOLIS – December 5, 2014) The City of Forest Lake saved an anticipated $1.5 million thanks to the efficient design and construction of their new City Center, which celebrates its grand opening on Monday, Dec. 8. Collaboration between architect LEO A DALY, the city, and Construction Manager Kraus-Anderson early in the design process resulted in cutting square footage from an estimated 75,000 to 65,000, and reducing the construction budget from $15.3 million to an expected final tally of $13.8 million, or 11 percent.

The new City Center gains efficiencies by combining city hall, fire, police, and administration offices into one facility, giving all city services a front-door presence in the community. Shared spaces include a community room, conference rooms, break rooms, locker rooms, fitness facilities, and lobby.

Additional operational savings will come from the building’s energy-efficient design. Using the Xcel Energy Asset Program, the design will operate 36 percent better than required energy code. The project also features a grant-funded storm water runoff treatment system, which will remove over 100 lbs. of phosphorus from Clear Lake annually, and help turn downstream areas of the brownfield redevelopment site back into native marshland.

“We took financial stewardship very seriously when designing this facility. The real work we did was efficiently planning to reduce the building’s square footage, tailoring the material selection to local products, and maximizing shared resources. There are four major entities sharing this facility,” said Joseph Bower, senior architect for LEO A DALY.

“We created a highly energy-efficient building. Through the use of daylighting, LED lighting, highly efficient heating and cooling systems, and other system improvements, the building will operate at 36 percent higher energy efficient that current code requires. This will reduce not only this building’s impact on the environment, but also its annual operating costs,” said LEO A DALY market sector leader Cindy McCleary, who served as Principal & Project Manager on the project.

“We owe a lot of credit to Kraus-Anderson for the building’s efficiency as well,” added Bower. “They were engaged early on, helping to cost-estimate on a continual basis, vetting ideas, helping us decide on the most cost-effective materials and methods.”

“Combining the city hall, police station, and fire department will be much more efficient than our current setup. Having one true City Center, built for improved efficiency and safety, will be a huge asset to Forest Lake,” said Police Chief Rick Peterson.

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