College of St. Benedict

Benedicta Arts Center Expansion

The Benedicta Arts Center Expansion provided much needed rehearsal and performance space that enabled the Fine Arts Program to confirm its standing as a leading regional arts program. The fine arts program’s on-going growth since the Benedicta Arts Center’s completion, also designed by HGA, led to a predictable struggle for rehearsal and performance space between the burgeoning theater, music and dance departments. The design team addressed that challenge by designing a new state-of-theart facility. Harmonious yet distinct from the original facility, the expansion strengthens the experience of campus arrival by giving more definition to the main academic mall.

The facility includes:

  • Music Practice Rooms
  • Faculty Studios
  • Band Rehearsal
  • Small Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Black-Box Theatre
  • Dance Studio
  • Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Expanded Lobby and Ticket Office

St. Joseph, MN

Building Type

Arts Center


28,500 SF

  • 2007 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Campus Architecture Honor Award (National)
  • 2007 IIDA Northland Chapter Interior Design FAB Honor Award
  • 2006 AIA Minnesota Honor Award

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