WINONA, Minnesota – Fastenal, distributor of a wide range of industrial and construction products, has opened the doors of its new 97,600 square foot head office.
Designed by architects Kubala Washatko (TKWA), the solid timber frame building reflects environmentally friendly design, including locally sourced Winona stone and mixed building materials, the company said.
In addition to the timber frame, the building also features cross-laminated timber (CLT) flooring and locally sourced stone materials.
Intended to look like a century old building from a distance, the building blends into the historic landscape of Winona. Up close, modern features tout Fastenal’s manufacturing and sourcing capabilities. From exposed X-bracing to every nut and bolt, Fastenal products can be seen incorporated into the building.
CD Smith Construction of La Crosse, Wisconsin managed the 16 month construction project. The original construction concept consisted of a steel frame core. With an increasing emphasis on the sustainability of buildings and improving the health and well-being of occupants, the CD Smith and TKWA project team came up with an alternative solid wood frame.
Intrigued by the concept and the benefits it would offer, Fastenal went ahead with the solid wood design. âIt’s fascinating to learn more about biophilia in architecture,â Johnson shares. “Wood gives our new building its own energy and vibe. People want to stay longer because the surroundings are attractive. It has also fostered broader thinking and innovation. So much so that we are now looking to incorporate the things we “learned about this project into our other locations.”