Blattner Corporate Headquarters

Avon, Minnesota

  • Owner

    D.H. Blattner & Sons, Inc.


    URS Corporation/Studio Hive

  • Delivery Method

    Construction Manager


    52,000 sq. ft.

The Blattner’s sought out a design-build team that believed in teamwork, would help them create a building to sustain the company’s growth for the next ten years, and reinforce their corporate brand in the wind energy business with sustainable design practices. All these factors were strengths of the design-build team of Knutson Construction, URS Corporation, and Studio Hive.

The building was designed to reflect the values and culture of the firm with the direct input of Blattner’s senior management team and department heads. Leadership, collaboration, and open communication were key values to the design process. The result, a facility that responds to the corporate needs and personal success of all employees.

The building was designed to achieve the LEED Platinum certification by incorporating numerous sustainable features, such as habitate restoration, stormwater management, and alternative transportation. Innovative technologies were implemented to reduce water consumption inside the building. The most significant innovation was the use of wells to source an underground heating and cooling system to optimize energy efficency.

The building uses green power and operates by a wind turbine, which is fully commissioned to measure and verify energy conservation. More then 20% of the building materials came from recycled content and were supplied within a 500 mile radius. During construction, more then 75% of construction waste was recycled. Interior finishes were carefully chosen to limit toxic emissions. The building allows employees to conserve energy by allowing control of light and temperature levels.

Blattner Corporate Headquarters was officially LEED Platinum Certified on July 28, 2009, making it the second building in the State of Minnesota to achieve this level. Platinum is the highest level of achievement under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) program.

2010 – Winner of the Most Outstanding Project in the Office Build-to-Suite for less than 100,000 sq. ft. from the NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association