To accommodate an increased level of exploration and core sampling, Twin Metals Minnesota moved its field operations office into a larger structure in Ely’s Miner’s Drive Business Park.
The new 8,800 sf building was a substantial step forward, replacing a home and three car garage that accommodated about 13 permanent employees and 37 contract workers. It provides office and meeting space for field employees and contractors near the company’s nonferrous mineral deposits. About a quarter of the space was set aside for storing and logging core samples.
Being mindful of the history of mining in Ely, corrugated looking galvanized siding in the front was used with the intent to pay tribute to the remaining buildings in the Pioneer Mine area.
The tower on the east end of the building was put in to emulate the head frame shape and various members of the periodic table, copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum, palladium, gold and silver clad in copper are a focal point of the entrance.
The building was built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Energy efficient design aspects include in-floor hot water heat and the solar panels planned to provide 15 percent of the heating needs in the winter time.