College of Saint Benedict

Benedicta Arts Center Expansion

Saint Joseph, Minnesota


The Benedicta Arts Center expansion has provided much-needed rehearsal and performance space for the college's growing Fine Arts programs. Harmonious yet distinct from the original HGA-designed art center, the expansion strengthens the experience of campus arrival by giving more definition to the main academic Mall.

HGA designed a rectangular volume that pulls the art center north toward the Mall, reinforcing pedestrian circulation. Inside, HGA arranged rehearsal and performance spaces on two levels while maintaining visual connection to the Mall. The Dance Rehearsal space on the first floor, for instance, has windows overlooking the campus Mall, and the Black Box Theater on the lower level opens to an outdoor amphitheater. Large connecting doors allow indoor and outdoor activities to interact.