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University of Minnesota Northrop Auditorium Wins SCUP Excellence Award

Northrop Auditorium Revitalization at the University of Minnesota has won a Merit Award in the 2019 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture awards program in the Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation category.

Built in 1929, Northrop Auditorium has hosted thousands of events, including dance performances, speeches, concerts, graduations, and special campus events. Yet over the decades, Northrop slowly fell into disuse as its large 4,500-seat auditorium made it difficult to book contemporary programs.

Now with a recently completed renovation and addition by HGA, Northrop has been reimagined as a lively hub of academic and artistic activity for the university community and larger Twin Cities region, featuring world-class performance spaces surrounded by diverse academic programming to foster innovative interactions, collaborations, and public gathering.

Along with the reconfigured state-of-the-art performance hall, new theater, and support spaces, Northrop houses the Institute for Advanced Studies, University Honors Program, and the College of Design’s Innovation Lab. The addition of a cafe, gallery, six study lounges, and 55,000 square feet of public space draws a steady mix of students, faculty, and public throughout the day.

Architecturally, many original elements were preserved while new features were designed to tie modern with historical.

The SCUP Excellence Awards program is a national juried competition that showcases how strategic, integrated campus planning results in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success, and careers on college and university campuses. The awards program is open to professional service providers and institutions that have prepared designs or plans for two-year and four-year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centers, public or private institutions.

The award will be presented at SCUP 2019 annual conference in Seattle, July 14 – 16, 2019.

For more information, visit 2019 SCUP Excellence Awards.