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Macalester College

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Saint Paul, Minnesota

...a very thoughtful insertion into the existing campus. The different moves in the interior spaces, particularly in the performance hall, are really powerful, and the exterior materials are used in a sensitive and elegant way. I especially love the syncopation of the bronze fins on the one facade.
AIA Minnesota Honor Awards Jury

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HGA worked with Macalester College on the multi-phase Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center to transform the existing music, theatre and fine arts buildings into a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts complex anchored by a light-filled, two-story commons.

The first phase reconfigures the 318-seat concert hall with an enlarged stage for full orchestra and retractable acoustic towers for smaller ensembles. Support spaces includes a dedicated choral rehearsal room, instrument rehearsal room, small ensemble practice room, art gallery, reference library, and faculty studios and offices. Structural improvements incorporate a new exterior envelope to create a more transparent identity for the arts on campus; new information technology and audio visual infrastructure; and updated mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

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