St. Paul has a new affordable-housing development opening this fall at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber site. The 121-units at Millberry Apartments are targeted to renters earning no more than 60 percent of area median income. Amenities include a community room, modern fitness center, underground heated parking and more.

The exterior of the building is composed of a brick, metal and glass, all anchored by large half barrel canopy over the main entrance. The half barrel awning design is well-suited for entryways such as this for a couple of reasons. First, it diverts rain and snow over the sides of the canopy, keeping the sidewalk dry and safe for residents and visitors. Second, the crown, or front of the awning is an ideal spot to display the building number (or a company name).

Larger or longer canopies often require posts for support. Acme Awning can manufacture custom steel posts or mount the half barrel canopy to supports installed by others. As a custom manufacturing company, Acme Awning works with each customer to determine the best solution to their awning needs.