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MMY welcomes Mike Manor

Mike is a registered engineer in Minnesota and has previously worked on a variety of projects, including designing specialty steel connections. He is also recently a dad for the second time, so if he looks a little tired, it’s not because we’re keeping him up at night.


We shut down for a few days at the beginning of the month as we did a little remodeling in our office.  Mostly we just freshened the place up with new paint and carpet, and one non-load bearing wall change.  The biggest changes are yet to come as we work on rerouting the train in the office.  We’ll have a couple of new bridges to unveil once we get it all together.  Of course, the project is on time and under budget.

Welcome Tor Oksnevad

We welcome Tor Oksnevad to our office as an Engineer in Training.  Tor has 4 years of engineering experience and is working towards his licensure.  He brings with him a background in curtainwall design and we look forward to getting to know him and how to pronounce his last name correctly.

Welcome back Arlen Grant    

Arlen Grant rejoins MMY after a 4 year “sabbatical”, during which he was designing jet engine testing facilities around the globe.  His wife and children are thrilled to have him closer to home, as are we.

Welcome Eric McElrath

Eric McElrath started at MMY as our new intern (I think we broke the last one).  He’ll be working on our intern program, which we designed to give a crash course in wood design as well as helping out on various projects.

Dave Hoepner celebrates 25 years

Dave Hoepner celebrated 25 years at MMY at the end of the month.  Dave has been a vital part of our team here, and we want to thank him for all the past and future efforts because we hope he’s sticking around for a long time (though another 25 years might be too much to ask for, he’s going to want to get a few more golf games in while he can).

Saint Anthony Falls Office Building receives LEED Gold Certification

The Saint Anthony Falls Office Building recently received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Phillips Building houses The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation, a private foundation that provides grants and leadership resources to nonprofit organizations. The building was originally the Pillsbury Library, constructed in 1904. Mattson Macdonald Young worked with Domain Architecture & Design to renovate the existing structure and the addition of a rear entry structure to conform to the accessibility requirements.

The renovated structure earned the LEED certification with the use of natural light to reduce energy demands, insulated and reflective roof covering and sustainable manufactured materials. Nearly all the construction waste was recycled. The building has also won the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award and awards from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for Adaptive Reuse and Sustainable Design Excellence. MMY is proud to have been part of this project.

Plymouth library opens

Hennepin County’s new library opened in Plymouth, MN on March 13th, 2010.  We have to say the community was excited to have the library open again, based on the remarkable attendance at the opening.  Mattson Macdonald Young worked with Bentz Thompson Rietow Architects to create a facility that doubles the size of the previous building and provides large open spaces as wells as focused areas for teens, adults and children.  Read our brief case study here.