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Capital Planning and Project Management.

Northrop Phase II

Northrop Phase II.

Project Architect

Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.

Construction Manager at Risk

JE Dunn Construction

Total Square Footage

176,000 GSF

Project Cost

$80,831,206

Project Timeline

Winter 2011: Construction Begins

Winter 2014: Construction Complete

Forensic Study

Original Design Drawings

The New Northrop at the Crossroads of Learning, Discovery, Arts and Community

A vital academic center of distinction and discovery that enlightens, challenges, and engages students, faculty, and the community. The new Northrop will be a place of great creativity and innovation that embodies the very best of the University of Minnesota. Three University-wide signature programs will make Northrop a hub of academic distinction. Northrop will house the University Honors Program (serving 2,000 of the most gifted students from every college on the Twin Cities Campus), the Institute for Advanced Study (the University’s incubator where faculty from across campus come together to develop new solutions to the critical problems facing our state, nation, and world), and the Innovation by Design Lab (a collaborative learning lab that fosters market-driven, multidisciplinary strategies for innovation that engage graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, alumni, and corporate partners). The new Northrop will be an intellectual proving ground for great minds to work together to discover great ideas.

A bustling, dynamic, state-of-the-art, gathering place central to everyday life on campus. The new Northrop will be a destination where students, faculty, and members of the community will take advantage of technology-enriched meeting rooms for seminars, discussions, and collaboration. Symposia, concerts, recitals, screenings, debates, and public forums will be everyday occurrences. Students, faculty, and members of the community will gather for informal conversation at the café and in public study, lounge, and collaborative spaces. Northrop will be teeming with activity—all the time.

A pre-eminent cultural center that inspires and nourishes the human spirit. We will completely rebuild the auditorium, creating a 2,800-seat hall with superior acoustics and sight lines, and state-of-the-art technologies to provide the highest quality experience attainable. The new hall will feature the finest in artistic performance as well as innovative contemporary artists. We will expand arts programming to create exhilarating, cultural experiences that will inspire students and the people of Minnesota, and will do so in collaboration with our community partners such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the SPCO, the Shubert Club, and the Minnesota Opera. We will work in partnership, not competition, with the community. Northrop will be much more than performance. It will also deeply engage students, faculty and the community in experiences that nourish the soul through discussions, interactions, exhibits, installations and much more. The new Northrop will inspire us to make discoveries within ourselves.

A community forum for deliberation and debate over the most innovative ideas and challenging issues of our time. The new Northrop will be the place where the world’s leading public figures and change-makers challenge us to consider and engage in the most pressing issues facing the world. Northrop will be the convening place where the greatest minds in the world routinely share innovative ideas and creative work. Through new technologies, Northrop will provide the University of Minnesota with a global platform to engage leaders from around the world and connect the University with global audiences. The New Northrop will foster world-class thinking at a world-class University.

In summary, this bold vision will place Northrop at the crossroads of learning, discovery, arts, and community. It is a vision that will completely transform life at the University of Minnesota. It is a vision that will re-define the way the University connects with and serves the people of Minnesota.

Key Sustainability Features

  • Preserved Memorial Hall and portions of the Performance Hall instead of rebuilding.
  • Landscape design uses sustainable plants that require less water and chemical treatment for maintenance.
  • Design includes ultra low flow water closets and low flow urinals.

Project Status Updates

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Historic Photographs



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