Educational/Academic Projects

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Student Commons and Studio Addition
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This work under the direction of President John Slorp was accomplished in phases over a 10 year period providing two major additions and interior remodeling to the Main Building designed by Kenzo Tange in 1970.  The projects include a one-story addition on the west side for painting and sculpture, and a second two-story addition on the east side for painting, design, and exhibit gallery.  Interior remodeling provided a new Student Commons with food services and roof terrace, and new graphic design studio spaces.  Skylights were critical to bring in proper north light for painting and designed using the lighting laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  

Other work included renovation of the historic Julia Morrison Hall (the original art school building constructed in 1916), campus planning and a proposal for new student housing with green roof terraces for recreation and outdoor spaces.

Kiehle Hall photo

Kiehle Hall
Addition and Renovation
University of Minnesota
Crookston, Minnesota

Built in 1910, Kiehle Hall at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, is proposed to be on the National Registry of Historic Places. It functions as a community and campus venue for theater, music, film, lectures and art exhibitions; and provides a central location for campus technology systems and library expansion. 

The project is a gateway for visitors, alumni and students to the campus and consists of 22,670 square feet of remodeling and 17,725 square feet of additions for the auditorium entrance, technology center and library.  A new three-story rotunda on the south side provides a gathering place and access to the auditorium on the second floor. Thorbeck Architects was the design architect working with Widseth Smith Nolting as managing architect.

Kiehle Hall photo