AVR, Inc. has long been the preferred supplier on high rise construction large commercial headquarters projects in the Minneapolis area.
AVR, Inc. & Affiliates is also known as a leader in lightweight concrete, a staple of high rise construction. AVR, Inc. supplied the lightweight concrete to Mortenson Construction on the Norwest Center project in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This project signifies the first time a ready mix supplier has taken complete responsibility for the pumping and supply of lightweight concrete. AVR, Inc. pumped lightweight concrete to a vertical height of 780 feet with a total line layout of 1280 feet
USA Today recently examined how the U.S. is "in the middle of the biggest hospital-construction boom" in more than 50 years, a trend that likely will increase until 2011. All throughout the metro hospital construction is extremely evident.
AVR and AME have been selected on numerous award winning and ongoing hospital construction projects. Some of the more notable include: Maple Grove Hospital, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Gillette Children’s, and Minneapolis Children’s, the 2010 ARM Building Excellence Awards Project of the Year.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages sustainable green building and development practices. LEED is the nationally accepted bench-mark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
AVR, Inc. & Affiliates has been selected on numerous LEED registered projects. We have successfully produced concrete with over 50% cement replacement rates, pervious concrete, and we lead the market in commercial ICF construction.
Whether it's a result of the $787 billion federal economic stimulus package or local taxpayer dollars, the increase in publicly funded projects is evident here in Minneapolis. While the president's stimulus package represents a small ray of sunshine in the construction industry, the increase in projects at the municipal level are becoming more and more prevalent.
A few notable projects in that AVR has been chosen for are the Blue Lake Waste Water Treatment Facility, the Saint Cloud Waste Water Treatment Facility, and the Apple Valley Transit Station.
Cast-in-place concrete parking structures have been constructed throughout North America for decades. In most cases, a post-tensioned structural system was selected after careful economic studies and comparisons indicated initial or life cycle cost savings.
AVR and AME have been selected on numerous award winning parking ramps. From small two-story park & rides to one of the largest ramps at Medtronic CRM Campus with parking for over 4,000 cars, AVR can do it all.
A concrete parking lot or street will offer superior performance compared to other pavement alternatives. Incorporating straightforward design and ease of construction, concrete pavements for streets, parking lots, and intersections are also the economical choice for the long-term.
Concrete is usually thought to be higher in first cost than asphalt. With the steady increase in bitumen, the glue that holds asphalt together, concrete can actually have a lower initial cost than asphalt.
Big Steer Truck Stop
Location: Lakeville, Minnesota
Contractor: Double J Concrete
This was a great project because Double J Concrete and AVR worked together to convince the owner that a concrete parking lot was far superior to an asphalt one. While the majority of the lot was already concrete, it was a difficult choice in this economy to replace the existing asphalt with concrete. We had to convince the owner that concrete was his best choice as a paving material. With the down economy, and escalating construction costs, it is getting more and more difficult to sell the upfront costs of a concrete parking lot. We met with the contractor and owners to educate them on the long-term cost benefits and durability advantages associated with concrete. The end product met all of our and the owners expectations.
Central Avenue Improvements
Location: Osseo, Minnesota
Contractor: North Country Concrete
This project is a showcase of what our customers and building owners can expect from a quality concrete pavement. We constantly educate our customers on the importance of low water/cement ratios, quality aggregates, and proper finishing techniques. This project helps show that when the pavement are designed, placed, and cured correctly, they will last a lifetime. The city of Osseo decided as part of their city beautification project to replace the old, worn out asphalt Central Avenue with concrete paving, decorative concrete pavers and pervious pavers. It is amazing to see the difference the brightness of the concrete makes to the look of downtown Osseo.
Location: Monticello, Minnesota
Contractor: Special Touch Construction
This project was built because Special Touch Construction and AME Red-E-Mix worked together to convince the owner that a concrete parking lot was far superior to an asphalt one. The owner of Monticello Mini-storage has always been a fan of concrete but thought that the price was more than he could afford. We met with the owner and the contractor and discussed a cost-benefit analysis, showing him the long term benefits of choosing concrete. The owner was also happy about the light color and reflectivity of the concrete versus the asphalt, making the parking area more aesthetically pleasing and much safer.
Mills Fleet Farm
Location: Blaine, Minnesota
Contractor: Kelleher Construction
The project consists of over 225,000 square feet of interior and 150,000 square feet of exterior slab on grade. Most of the concrete was placed during the summer months with very few issues, and the exterior concrete slab on grade really showcases the strength of concrete pavement construction.
Allianz Life - Entry Lot
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Contractor: McGough Companies
Parking lots are often overlooked for their impact on the first impression a building. This parking area encompasses the main entrance to the Allianz Life corporate offices. The owner selected concrete to create an inviting bright entrance while providing a durable pavement to withstand the turning traffic of the circular drive. The saw cut control joints divide the broom-finished surface into clean crisp squares, which compliment the clean geometric lines of the building facade.
Dick's Valley Service Parking Lot Expansion
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota
Contractor: Kelleher Construction
Kelleher Construction and AVR worked together to demonstrate to the owner the superiority of a concrete parking lot over an asphalt one. While a large section of the lot was already concrete, it was a difficult choice in this economy to replace the existing gravel lot with concrete instead of asphalt.