BAXTER - Nor-son, Inc., of Baxter recently received four awards from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors at its 2007 Awards of Excellence in Construction banquet.
Nor-son received recognition for outstanding achievement and quality workmanship in the following categories:
- Healthcare project of more than $1 million, an Award of Excellence, for the Perham Nursing Home and Hospital in Perham.
- Commercial project of $1 million-$5 million, an Award of Merit, for Iven's On The Bay.
- Residential project of more than $1 million, an Award of Merit, for the Faust cabin in northern Minnesota.
- Renovation project of $500,000-$1 million, an Award of Merit, for a cabin renovation in northern Minnesota.
Nor-Son, Inc., of Baxter recently earned four awards from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors, including for a residential project of more than $1 million, an Award of Merit, for the Faust cabin (above) in northern Minnesota.
ABC's awards program is designed to recognize the quality and innovation of merit shop construction and to honor members of the construction team, including the contractor, the owner and the design team responsible for the project. The winning projects were selected from entries submitted from across the state and were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and budget.
For the Perham Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home, Nor-son managed the construction of a multi-phased, 8,000-square-foot addition and a 44,000-square-foot, two-story skilled nursing center. Nor-son's project team expanded its role beyond construction manager and became a member of the Perham Memorial Hospital and Home team to manage construction activities to accommodate multiple-site accesses, traffic flow, hours of operation, department needs and the safety and well-being of patient, resident and staff.
Reconstruction of Iven's On The Bay, destroyed by fire on Feb. 13, 2006, was designed by Nor-son to retain the familiar outward appearance of the original restaurant but with a more spacious interior layout.
Reconstruction of Iven's On The Bay, destroyed by fire on Feb. 13, 2006, was designed by Nor-son to retain the familiar outward appearance of the original restaurant but with a more spacious interior layout. Nor-son and Jesse Hopkins, American Institute of Architects, worked quickly to produce the plans to allow the restaurant to open in August 2006. The main dining room features mahogany stained-oak millwork and the martini bar utilizes a natural-finish maple that accentuates the room's contemporary look.
In the Faust cabin, designed by Nor-son architect Stephen Rose, warm colors and traditional woods are apparent in the natural maple floors, cherry trim, reclaimed hand-hewn oak trusses and maple ceiling. Highlights also include cedar shakes, dentil and bracket detail, cottage-style windows, quaint dormers and stone-based columns.
The original cabin on a northern Minnesota lake consisted of a combined living room and dining area, galley-style kitchen leading to the screened porch and two bedrooms with shared bathroom. The centrally located staircase leading to the upper level used valuable space and interrupted the flow and function of the home.
Rose, who worked closely with the owners to preserve as much of the quaint character as possible, created a more open, modern floor plan with a northwoods flair. Renovation of the cabin included moving the stairwell to an exterior wall location, allowing for a modern kitchen with island seating area, open to the living and dining rooms. Hand craftsmanship is showcased in the angular tongue-and-grove knotty alder ceilings.
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