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Fastenal Opens New Timber Frame Corporate Office

Fastenal Opens New Timber Frame Corporate Office
December 13
00:29 2021

Credit: C.D. Smith Construction

Fastenal opened its new 97,600 sq ft corporate office in Winona, MN, Industrial Distribution reports.

Fastenal said it selected the historic Mississippi riverfront site to provide an economic boost in downtown Winona.

“We saw this as a community service project,” Dana Johnson, VP of corporate real estate.  “We felt that if we brought 300-400 jobs downtown, it would help Winona grow and prosper by attracting small businesses to the riverfront, encouraging entrepreneurship, and become a vibrant place graduating college students would want to move to.”

Designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA), the mass timber frame building included locally sourced Winona stone and mixed media building materials.  The structure is intended to look like a hundred-year-old building from a distance to blend into Winona’s historic landscape.  Up close, however, modern features tout Fastenal’s manufacturing and supply capabilities. 

“From exposed X-bracing right down to every single nut and bolt, Fastenal products can be seen incorporated into the building,” according to Industrial Distribution.

C.D. Smith Construction (La Crosse, WI) managed the 16-month construction project.  While the original building concept consisted of a steel frame core, the project team at C.D. Smith and TKWA convinced Fastenal to utilize a timber frame for sustainability and advancing occupants’ health and well-being.

“The wood gives our new building energy and a vibe of its own,” Johnson added.  “People want to stay longer because the environment is appealing.  It has also promoted bigger thinking and innovation.”

The structure also has multi-stack modular chillers and 450 rooftop solar panels for added sustainability and efficiency.  

Fastenal reportedly has been working on the project since early 2018.  The structure houses workers in Fastenal’s technology, accounting, supply chain and human resources departments.

Fastenal currently has about 1,800 workers in several buildings in and around downtown Winona, which is located two hours southeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Web:

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