Austin Medical Center

Austin, Minnesota

  • Owner

    Austin Medical Center - Mayo Health System


    HDR Architects, Inc

  • Delivery Method

    Construction Manager


    56,000 sq. ft. Addition
    13,700 sq. ft. Renovation

Knutson Construction came to the forefront for the expansion of this Mayo-affiliated hospital and clinic, beginning with a successful value engineering process that reduced construction cost by over $1 million without compromising finished square footage. Then, we worked together with the Austin Medical Center staff to work around surgery schedules while excavating a 23-foot earth retention system and installing rammed aggregate piers adjacent to the facilities.

But perhaps our best work involved installing a penthouse air handling unit during a July weekend while maintaining operation of an existing rooftop unit. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Knutson and our HVAC partner prepared to shut down the old air handler, waiting for all staff and patients to leave the building. We removed the existing air handler, extended existing duct work, connected it to the new unit, and brought it all on line by early Monday morning. “None of our staff would have known about the change in equipment if we hadn’t told them,” explained Tim Schneider, plant operations manager for the Austin Medical Center.