Renovations / Additions

Automotive Electric LLC in Grand Rapids, MN, more than doubled their size with a 5,500 sf addition ready for occupancy Summer 2024. The addition houses five new vehicle bays as well as a private office, break room and restrooms. This is a design/ build project with HAWK Construction Inc. as the general contractor, and the owner working very closely with us on the design. HAWK supplied our own carpentry crews and concrete crews.

Yanmar CE North America broke ground in June 2023 on a new 32,000 sf expansion at their Grand Rapids facility. The expansion will greatly increase manufacturing capacity.
The new section will house a paint system that will increase paint capacity up to three times. Hundreds of additional jobs are projected to be added over the next five years.  The Minnesota Trade Office selected Yanmar CE North America as a recipient of the 2022 Governor’s International Trade Award in the Large Company category as a result of the expansion project.

Rapids Brewing Co is a 6,800 sf adaptive re-use project in downtown Grand Rapids, MN. Formerly a movie theater, and more recently used for storage, the building has been transformed into a lively tap room and on-site brewery. Live music graces the stage where there once were movie screens. Several unique details were salvaged from the theater days including decorative pilasters and an original plaster wall relief. A full wall mural of Marilyn Monroe, originally part of the theatre’s lobby, now watches over the brewery. After demolishing an adjacent building, a commercial kitchen with wood fired stove was added to the theatre. The new open site also features sunny outdoor seating, and a covered patio with fire pits.

Built in 2015, this was the second expansion to the Blandin Foundation. The addition included extensive renovations to the existing structure. A lecture hall with stepped seating was demolished to make room for a lower level lunchroom/conference space and a main level conference room. The Blandin Foundation actively seeks community organizations to share in the use of the main floor conference room, so access to the hall, without access to the Foundation space, was a major criteria for the HAWK design team. The addition also allowed for a level of new office space, where DIRT glass wall systems were used extensively.

Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods was a 2018 Design/Build renovation project that created retail space out of previous restaurant space. The 4,000 sq. foot building was nearly gutted and re-imagined to serve sporting equipment rather than food service. Exposed trusses opened the space up, while the use of wood and stone makes avid anglers feel they’re already in their natural element.

Center Spa is an 11,000 sf building situated on a tree studded forest in S. Grand Rapids. The spa/gym/studio/coffee shop is designed for relaxation and refreshment. Designed by ARI, the project features an eclectic mix of natural materials: textured fabrics, exposed metals, knotty woods. The modern farm-house style building is surrounded by outdoor areas for classes or conversation. It is the perfect setting for a get-away, any day.