Wedge Co-op › Minneapolis, MN
This popular and busy co-op chose to locate on a dense, urban site. We designed the original building and expanded as two adjacent land parcels became available. This lot was located on a busy main thoroughfare which made access to the store challenging. This meant that parking, landscaping, and the building footprint itself were critical elements in efficiency. Due to existing soil conditions, we used helical piers, also known as anchors, piles or screwpiles, to secure the existing foundation which eliminated the need for large excavation work. This minimizes installation time, requires little soil disturbance, and most importantly transfers the weight of the structure to load bearing soil. A combination of helical piers, structural brick, and underground storm water storage met strict city ordinances. Solar panels and heat reclaim from the refrigeration system are integral elements in this 23,000 SF building.