Month: July 2016 (3)

Top Projects Crystal Public Works

  Finance & Commerce recently named their Top Projects of 2015. The 26 projects were selected by an independent panel of judges looking at degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts.  Kodet Architectural Group is honored to have the City of Crystal, Public Works Facility selected to this list. The new Crystal Public Works Facility stands as a collaborative reflection of the City of Crystal’s community; it’s vibrancy, and its people. An outdated existing public works building and an under-sized site paired with an ever-developing community called for the need of a facility capable of upholding a growing community’s vitality. The new Public Works Facility moved the City’s operations to a larger, more efficient site on West Broadway Avenue. This greatly enhanced the function of Public Works as it houses their entire vehicle fleet in heated covered storage and provides a state-of-the-art maintenance garage and shop area. The building unifies separate operations into one building, including Streets, Parks, Utilities, and Maintenance 2015 Finance + Commerce Article Through a comprehensive approach throughout the design process and engaging the community, staff, and stakeholders we’re able to communicate specific needs and vision for the facility. The exterior design is a physical representation of the city’s pride and strengthens the sense of community, which will stand for years to come. Increased building, site, and design allows safer and more efficient circulation by Crystal Public Works vehicles and includes indoor storage for most if not all equipment. Prior facility had no space for maneuvering within the building and much equipment had to be stored outside or in a separate “cold storage” facility. The new facility is centrally located in Crystal, providing for greater cooperation and collaboration. New building layouts is more efficient for Crystal Staff use […]

Ripple Island Cabin

Ripple Island Cabin designed by Ken Stone was recently awarded “Home of the Month” by the Star Tribune. This small, one room summer cabin was built on a portion of a rocky island on Burntside Lake in northern Minnesota. The island and lake have a cherished family history for the owners, with generations spending summers on the quintessential northern Minnesota lake. The owners wanted a simple structure in the woods, protected from strong winds yet with abundant daylight and views to the majestic surroundings. Specifically, the owners asked that the little structure have “lift” to harness the brilliant northern sunlight. The south-facing window wall provides daylight throughout the day, warming the space in the spring and fall without the need for supplemental heat. The full glass doors open along the eintre wall so the cabin feels more like a screen porch, capturing the breezes and views of the lake. The pine interior is reminiscent of traditional north woods cabins. The exterior corrugated metal siding relates to simple agricultural buildings common in the landscape of rural Minnesota. And the stone surround at the fireplace seems to be from the rock outcroppings found on the island. Enjoy the article found here in the Star Tribune, congratulations Ken on all of your hard work!       About the Architect Working as a leader on the team, Kenneth Stone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CID, has over 29 years of experience in the architecture field.  His experience leading programming, designing, and managing projects allows for projects that meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. He uses his exceptional organizational skills and breadth of technical knowledge to coordinate the daily activities of Kodet’s team while conferring with clients to promote project goals. Ken’s expertise ­includes technical knowledge of current building systems. He brings a thorough understanding […]