The New Hope Medical Office Building was used as a “test” construction for the city of Duluth. The test was to see if city officials would approve of precast concrete as a method of construction for future jobs within city limits. Tindall was selected for its impressive architectural finishes, high-quality components, competitive pricing, and fast design-build schedules. When construction was completed, officials in Duluth were impressed with the aesthetic appeal that Tindall was able to achieve with precast concrete. The lessons learned about precast through the course of this project now help guide city officials as they make decisions about future projects within the city.
The New Hope Medical Office Building is a three-story, 23,744-square-foot, total precast concrete structure. The sleek, modern design of the buff and gray building is amplified by the two distinct exposures per color. Sandblasted cornices and three-quarter-inch reveals enhance the unique look of the precast concrete building by creating depth and contrast along its 212-foot-long face. The building also features an impressive rotunda, which required shaping, framing, and fitting precast concrete to interface with the structural steel.