The Family Partnership

Minneapolis, MN

The Family Partnership (TFP) is an innovative and impactful 141-year-old community-based organization that serves families in Minneapolis impacted by poverty and adverse circumstances. Over the last five years, demand for TFP’s programs has risen by 50 percent, leaving many families without crucial support.

The new building will provide three times more space for TFP programs. The renovation and addition will expand educational spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with an indoor gym and outdoor playground and add convenient and flexible mental health and therapy services. These improved amenities will create supportive, convenient, and private safe spaces for survivors of human trafficking and includes collaboration space and multi-purpose community rooms .With the new space, TFP can improve services to provide a two-generation (2Gen) approach, which is proven to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty and trauma.

Wells Concrete recently completed installation of the exterior facade for this project with more than 14,000 sq. ft. of architectural precast wall panels.

Wells has been expanding its architectural capabilities to stay current with modern architectural demands and Graphic Concrete is one of these new offerings. This feature allows design teams creative benefits by creating an opportunity to put a personal stamp on buildings of the future.

With existing knowledge of Graphic Concrete’s capabilities, the design team approached Wells to incorporate this look into the exterior facade. The vision for this project was to focus on the neighborhood, the community, and the variety of ethnicities represented in both. Graphic Concrete papers provided the solution the team was looking for as the exterior building components could represent the neighborhood graphically.

In order to stay within the budget, standard Graphic Concrete patterns were manipulated to create a variety of geometric designs. Another unique feature on this project is a welcome column at the main entry, north elevation, where the new construction is connected to the existing building. The column contains a map of the neighborhood that highlights the public parks and displays the word ‘Welcome’ in many different languages including Braille.