Higher Ground Saint Paul
Grants to Local Governments
Sixth Street Saint Paul, MN 55101
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Higher Ground Saint Paul
New Construction | 2017

Higher Ground Saint Paul is the first phase of a campus providing emergency and permanent supportive housing on the edge of downtown Saint Paul. Though constricted by a compact site with shallow bedrock that required ongoing problem-solving throughout the construction process, the site accommodates a sub-grade stormwater tank in addition to the volume of soil needed to support native plants and large-caliper trees. 

The use of architectural precast panels for the exterior envelope combines visually appealing exterior materials with high insulation values and a durable interior finish that meets programmatic requirements to maximize material lifespan and minimize maintenance. Large windows and narrow floor plates enable daylight harvesting in major program spaces, while UV-coated bird-safe glazing provides uninterrupted views to the surrounding context. A sustainably-harvested wood veneer ceiling in the lobbies and shelters provides warmth and character to the space.

This project is the winner of the 2017 Best of B3 Design Award.

 

Project Details
LocationSaint Paul, MN
Construction TypeNew Construction
Building TypeHousing
OrganizationGrants to Local Governments
OwnerCatholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Building Area112,750 sf
Vegetated Area0.51 acres
Number Of Stories5
Year of Occupancy2017

Design Team
ArchitectCermak Rhoades Architects
Mechanical EngineerEmanuelson-Podas, Inc.
Civil EngineerPierce Pini + Associates
ContractorWatson-Forsberg
Commissioning AgentEmanuelson-Podas, Inc.
Energy ModelerEmanuelson-Podas, Inc.
Electrical EngineerEmanuelson-Podas, Inc.
Landscape ArchitectCoen + Partners
Building ManagerCatholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

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