North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion Brings State's History Into Focus

North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion Brings State's History Into Focus

10.06.09

The North Dakota Heritage Center expansion in Bismarck, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, will create a national architectural destination that elevates the State Historical Society of North Dakota's mission to identify, preserve, interpret and promote the heritage of the state and its people.

The 97,000-square-foot addition nearly doubles the Heritage Center with expanded exhibit/collection space, state-of-the-art research technology, improved public amenities, and additional office and support space.

Welcoming Architecture. The addition creates a welcoming architectural presence. Shifting the main entrance to a prominent corner location, the addition extends eastward toward State Street and the North Dakota State Capitol campus to give the Heritage Center a dynamic community presence. The limestone exterior matches existing campus buildings while a glass entrance atrium on the south fa├žade emphasizes the transparency between inside and outside. An entry plaza features petrified wood logs and glacial erratics, which are rocks transported by a glacier and deposited on bedrock of different composition.