Construction Begins on North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion

Construction Begins on North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion

04.12.11

Construction has begun on the North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers. The 97,000-square-foot addition nearly doubles the Heritage Center with expanded exhibits, state-of-the-art research technology, improved public amenities, additional collections storage, and office/support space.

"We are excited to be part of this project and create a truly dynamic museum that embraces North Dakota's cultural heritage," said Gary Reetz, AIA, vice president and principal with HGA. "The expanded Heritage Center will enable the State Historical Society of North Dakota to continue its core mission to preserve and promote the state's legacy while offering increased educational and entertainment opportunities for visitors throughout the region."

Located on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds, the addition shifts the main entrance to the building's southeast corner to face State Street. The limestone exterior complements existing campus buildings while the glass-and-steel Northern Lights atrium emphasizes transparency. An entry plaza features a petrified tree and glacial erratics, which are rocks transported by glaciers and deposited as the ice melted.