Operations Committee is Appointed
The next generation of future leadership of MCE is appointed by the Board of Directors. Announcement of ten Principals forming the Operations Committee is made to provide new vision, mission and leadership for the next generation of MCE.
MCE Expands 11th Floor
Michaud Cooley Erickson expands the 11th floor of their existing offices and takes over the Impark Offices at 333 South Seventh Street. This provides an additional 4,000 square feet of office space.
Michaud Cooley Erickson celebrates its 60th Anniversary at the Guthrie Theater!
LightSpaces is Formed
LightSpaces, a division within MCE, is created offering professional lighting design services under the MCE Company.
Michaud Cooley Erickson
The company makes an official name change to Michaud Cooley Erickson.
Patented Medical Device
In collaboration with MCE’s healthcare client Abbott Northwestern Hospital, engineer, Gwen Paul, designs a patented centralized laser plume evacuation system through articulating arms for removing the plume resulting in laser surgery or electrocauterization or orthopaedic surgery. MCE is recognized and receives a national ACEC National Award of Excellence recognition for this Patented Medical Device.
Office Relocates in Minneapolis
The firm relocates across the street to 333 South Seventh Street in Minneapolis, MN.
Ground-breaking: Norwest Bank
Construction begins as the new headquarters for Norwest Bank. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli Associates Architects, Michaud Cooley Erickson is the MEP Engineer of Record.
Joe Tennyson Joins the Firm
Joe Tennyson joins the firm as Director of Operations.
Warren Hallberg Retires
Warren Hallberg retires from the firm and the corporation name becomes Michaud, Cooley, Erickson & Associates, Inc. (MCE). The company’s growth requires a move into the Lutheran Brotherhood Building in downtown Minneapolis.
November 25-26, the Minneapolis Thanksgiving Fire destroyed two buildings in downtown Minneapolis resulting in destruction of 16 floors of Northwestern National Bank (aka Norwest and Wells Fargo) headquarters. Having served Northwestern National Bank since mid 1900’s with engineering design services, Bob Michaud is called to the site during the fire to turn off the building’s main water lines. The damage was so extensive exceeding $90 million in replacement costs.
HHH Metrodome Opens
HHH Metrodome opens in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the home field for Minnesota Twins, Vikings and U of M Golden Gophers. During the first summer season, it was soon discovered that air conditioning was needed. MCE is contracted to engineer the Dome cooling system.
The firm purchases two Apple II Plus computers with a 5.25″ floppy disk drive each with a 9” green and black display monitors. Epson 80 dot matrix printers are on board for printing needs.
Dean Rafferty Joins the Firm
Dean Rafferty, a 1970 mechanical engineering graduate of South Dakota School of Mines is hired. The slide rule, pin bar and manual drafting in plastic and graphic lead are the tools of engineering at this time.
Satellite Office Opens in St. Paul
Michaud Cooley Erickson opens a second office in St. Paul and is led by Bob Erickson. Decision made to be closer to their architectural design partners located in downtown St. Paul.
Doug Cooley Joins the Firm
Doug Cooley, a recent graduate from University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering joins the firm as an intern running blue prints.
CEC National Banquet
Bob Michaud attends the CEC annual banquet.
Evans, Michaud, Cooley, Hallberg and Erickson
Richard Evans promotes four young engineers Bob Michaud, Sherman Cooley, Warren Hallberg and Bob Erickson as company Principals. Company name changes to Evans, Michaud, Cooley, Hallberg and Erickson and establishes an office in the Plymouth Building in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Richard W. Evans and Associates
Richard W. Evans opens a start up engineering firm ‘Richard W. Evans and Associates’ in Minneapolis, MN. Richard is educated as an Electrical Engineer yet practices Mechanical Engineering. Richard and a man named Earl Swanson served together in WWI in the US Armed Forces. After the war, Swanson begins working for Andersen Window Corporation and hires Evans Associates, resulting in a 50 year span and two generations of engineering services within “62 acres under one roof” of manufacturing plant.