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The complex design/build project renovated the existing Mayo Building underground parking garage to accommodate the relocation of sensitive nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) research equipment from Hasselmo Hall on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus. The move was necessary due to concerns about vibration from construction and operation of the Central Corridor Light Rail Line on Washington Avenue.


The relocation of University of Minnesota’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Research Lab takes advantage of two levels of an underutilized, code-deficient parking structure 69,400 s.f. (Building), 27,900 s.f. (Plaza). The entire facility is located underground with a plaza above and surrounded by adjacent buildings. The main level is comprised of a vehicle delivery area, NMR Research Laboratory, a wet laboratory, animal receiving, and office spaces. The second level includes offices, a conference room, and the departmental lobby. Renovations to the existing structure include the elimination of existing floor slope of parking structure for the remaining slab and removal of an entire level. A new level was added using cast in place concrete with new concrete interior columns to support the new slab.


Careful phasing of building utilities are planned as many existing utilities in the garage serve adjacent buildings. New mechanical systems were provided for the building and many unique mechanical engineering solutions were utilized for the combination of different space requirements in an underground facility.


MEP Associates provided the following services:

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Design