Fastenal, a distributor to the industrial and construction sectors, is excited to open a new 97,600-square-foot corporate office, welcoming 450 employees in Winona, Mississippi. Fastenal says it selected the historic Mississippi riverfront site to provide an economic boost in downtown Winona.
“We saw this as a community service project,” shared Dana Johnson, VP Corporate Real Estate with Fastenal. “We felt that if we brought 300 to 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 reflects an environmentally conscious design with characteristics that pay homage to the downtown riverfront area, including locally sourced Winona stone and mixed media building materials.
Up close, 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.
C.D. Smith Construction managed the 16-month construction project. The original building concept consisted of a steel frame core. With a growing focus on building sustainability and advancing occupants’ health and well-being, the project team at C.D. Smith and TKWA proposed an alternative mass timber frame.
“It’s fascinating to learn about biophilia in architecture,” added Johnson. “The wood gives our new building energy and a vibe of its own. People want to stay longer because the environment is appealing. It has also promoted bigger thinking and innovation. So much so that we are now looking at how to incorporate things we’ve learned on this project into our other locations.”
Fastenal offers a global distribution network, a closely aligned supplier network, reliable sourcing, as well as quality and manufacturing resources. Learn more here.