McGough starts $18 million headquarters project.

 
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Byline: Brian Johnson

In planning for its new headquarters, Roseville-based McGough searched far and wide before finally settling on a location that literally abuts the firm's current property.

Now the building and development company is getting ready to dig into an $18 million project that will convert a 60-year-old former trucking terminal next to McGough's existing home into an eye-catching corporate palace. McGough said onsite work will begin next week.

"Ironically, we'd been searching the cities for the right location for a new headquarters for months when one of our development leaders pointed out this gem hiding right next door," Tom McGough, president and CEO of McGough, said in a statement. "A few of us peeked in at the 25-foot ceilings, fully spanned by trusses and skylights, and immediately saw incredible potential."

The former trucking terminal is at 2785 Fairview Ave. in Roseville. Designed by Minneapolis-based HGA Architects and Engineers, the 55,000-square-foot project will restore about 25,000 square feet of former terminal space and create a new two-story addition.

Andy McIntosh, McGough's vice president of development, said the new corporate digs will accommodate growth and bring about 210 employees together under one roof. At present, those employees work at several different locations in the north metro.

Equally important, the building will be a bricks-and-mortar advertisement for the company's restoration expertise. McGough's portfolio includes historical restorations and renovations at Historic Fort Snelling, the Cathedral of St. Paul, Basilica of St. Mary's and other iconic properties.

A standout feature of the truck building is its dazzling bow truss roof structure, which will be structurally reinforced, walnut-blasted and restored to its original look. The bow truss area will house an open office space with work stations, meeting and break areas, and glass conference rooms.

McGough is pursing WELL certification for the project. The WELL Building Standard is an emerging design certification process that promotes health and wellness in buildings based on indoor air, acoustics, lighting, water quality and other metrics.

The newly renovated Woolworth's building in downtown St. Paul, known as The 428, was the first WELL-certified building in Minnesota. McGough and HGA teamed on the renovation of that 63,000-square-foot structure at 428 Minnesota St.

WELL certification is similar to the more well-known Leadership in...

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