Maurices Takes Over
Gausman & Moore provided high design engineering services for this new, 11-story building that serves as the headquarters for Maurices, a women’s fashion company. The $70 million project is located in downtown Duluth.
The facility also features retail and office spaces, and a 500-car parking ramp that is operated by the City of Duluth. A key aspect of this project was designing the building to blend in with the architecture and aesthetics of the historic area, while still providing a modern and iconic image to people entering the city.
Gausman & Moore, working with RSP Architects, focused on delivering a high performance building. Early in the project design, we performed energy modeling of the building envelope systems, as well as the mechanical and electrical systems, to evaluate energy impacts.
Controlling the noise level throughout the building was accomplished with the base HVAC system selection, design, and performance criteria. Indoor environmental quality is an important component of a high functioning building, and unobjectionable sound levels can negatively affect comfort and worker productivity.
The site, on Superior Street, formerly housed a television station. It was purchased in 2006 with the goal of redevelopment. The slow economy stalled redevelopment plans, but the project moved forward. Construction was completed in December 2015.
Approximately 250 jobs were created during the construction phase. Once the building is fully operational, it will house approximately 600 associates.
Originally conceptualized as a 15-story building, the structure no longer competes in size with Duluth’s tallest buildings. Upper floors housing Maurices’ corporate offices feature large glass windows on the east and west sides to bring in natural light and provide views of Lake Superior.
The main Superior Street entrance leads to Maurices’ two-story lobby that company officials promise will be “dramatic” and “grand.” Besides space on the first floor, Maurices occupies space on the second floor with skywalk access and the top five floors. The building was topped with custom lighting for a striking nighttime appearance.
The building also connects with the city’s skywalk system and includes a tunnel connection to a nearby hotel.
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