Exciting engineering news!

We are heading into summer with a more brains! Geoffrey Gonzalez, EIT started with MMY earlier this spring after relocating to Minnesota from Florida, trading the coast for lakeshore. Additionally, Kyle Hedblom has joined us for another summer internship while he continues his study at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Not only do we have more brains, but more licensed brains: two of our own engineers recently earned their PE license! Please join us in congratulating Charlie Vermace, PE and Jordan Hurst, PE!

Riverfront park projects nearing completion

Great Northern Greenway Overlook construction scheduled for Fall 2020 completion (photo by MMY)

Good news! Two of our projects along the Mississippi River will soon open to the public, providing new and improved access for residents and visitors alike. Both projects are early phases of larger-scale visions by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

The Great Northern Greenway Overlook will provide the residents of North Minneapolis with a true connection to the river that is long overdue. MMY served as Structural Engineer of Record for the project, including the steel-framed platform structure with partial wood deck, partial steel grating, and partial programmable netting, as well as a treeline-height beacon. Construction is scheduled to complete in Fall 2020.

Water Works is a years-long effort and will complete its ‘Mezzanine Phase’ in the coming months. The project is intended to ‘bring new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to the most iconic location in Minneapolis.’

Read more about both projects here.

Water Works rendering at sunrise
Water Works Park rendering (from Minneapolis Parks Foundation)

Two new engineers at MMY (remotely)

We’re proud to announce that our team of licensed engineers has grown by two this spring! Ben Neuman, PE and Matt Hogen, PE joined MMY shortly before we began to transition to the new normal of remote working, video conferencing, and virtual watercoolers. Even during uncertain times, our work presses on, and both Ben and Matt have already made their presence felt (and appreciated!).

Welcome aboard, Ben and Matt!

MMY Response to COVID-19

As the current COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, we realize we cannot predict  what the coming weeks might bring. However, we want to let you know that we will be doing our best to continue to provide the services necessary to avoid undue delays or disruptions to current project schedules.

We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, federal, state and local health departments. In response, we are making several modifications in how we do business during this threat.

  • Remote Work: Employees have the capability and flexibility to work from home or wherever they feel safe. Calls to the office will be directed to the appropriate person. However, emails are encouraged as the first means of communication.
  • Office Work: Our office is closed to visitors for the time being.
  • Meetings: We are requesting that all meetings be held virtually whenever possible. Special requests for face-to-face meetings will be considered but will be restricted to 5 attendees or less.
  • Project Site Visits: Visits will be limited to those necessary to allow current construction projects to continue. All other visits will be rescheduled.
  • Travel: We have suspended all business-related air travel until further notice. Travel by vehicle will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Our project managers will closely monitor their projects and will communicate regularly. Leadership will be available to support both clients and staff with resources and policies, keeping in mind the balance of safety and productivity.

Hook and Ladder apartments set the bar

A pair of apartments in Northeast Minneapolis will soon be home to hundreds of new residents and one far-reaching experiment: can housing be affordable and energy-efficient? Hook & Ladder Apartments aim to prove just that and provide a model for future buildings in Minneapolis and beyond. The two buildings are structured similarly but are built to different energy standards: one meets the Minnesota Green Communities standard, while the other meets the even more stringent Passive House specifications and it is the first of its kind in the midwest.

MMY is proud to collaborate with LHB Architects on this socially important project and design an economical structural system to help keep construction costs low without compromising on safety or energy efficiency.

Read more about the project in the Star Tribune.

The formal Grand Opening is scheduled for December 5th.

(Rendering and photo from Wenck Engineering)

Capri Theater renovation breaks ground

Shovels have officially broken ground at one of our favorite projects, the renovation and expansion of the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis!  On October 17th, a formal groundbreaking ceremony attracted a wide-ranging audience from neighborhood residents to community leaders, including current mayor Jacob Frey and former mayor R.T. Rybak.

Our work with Baker Associates began ten years ago, and we’re thrilled to finally see the project readying itself to jump off the drawing paper. It is a testament of MMY’s commitment to sound structural engineering, as we guide the historic theater into the future.  We are honored for the opportunity to integrate a 90-year-old building with the 20,000 square foot steel-framed addition that will serve the residents of North Minneapolis for years to come.

Read more about the project in this week’s Star Tribune as well as MPR News.

Or, watch the news segment on WCCO.

(Baker Architects rendering)


(MPR photo)

Minneapolis Armory Renovation earns ACEC Engineering Excellence Grand Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN) recently celebrated its 52nd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Program on January 25th, where the 2019 Grand and Honor Awards were announced.  Our work at the Minneapolis Armory received a Grand Award, and we couldn’t be prouder!

The competition recognizes engineering achievements that exhibit the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. Entries were judged based on originality and innovation; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and meeting the client’s needs.

See the full list of winners and photos from the event on the ACEC/MN website.  Congratulations to all the winners!



MMY welcomes Charles Vermace, EIT

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added more talent! Charles is a University of Minnesota grad, and recently returned to Minneapolis after a few years in Iowa, where he gained experience designing industrial and energy generation facilities. He is quickly acclimating himself to life at MMY, and we’re pretty sure we know where he stands on the longstanding donut vs. bagel debate (the bagel folk are waiting for him to change his mind).

Welcome, Charles!

Eric McElrath named Emerging Leader by the American Council of Engineering Companies MN Chapter

We are proud to announce that Eric McElrath was recognized by ACEC MN with the Emerging Leader Award for 2018!  The award is given to an ACEC member still in the early stages of his or her career who has already contributed significantly to the association.  Eric demonstrates not only a thorough understanding of structures, but also exemplifies true character in his daily interaction with colleagues and clients alike.  In addition to his engineering projects— the recently re-opened Minneapolis Armory and the in-progress North Loop Tower, to name a couple— Eric makes time to give back to the industry and community by volunteering through a number of organizations.  He was a founding member and chair of the Minnesota Structural Engineers Association Young Members Group (MNSEA YMG), which won an award for Young Member Group of the Year at the National Council of Structural Engineers 2017 convention.

Congratulations, Eric!