The University of Minnesota contracted with a team of architects to provide predesign services for the rehabilitation of Tate Hall, a contributing resource of the proposed University of Minnesota Mall Historic District. At nearly 200,000 gross square feet, the rehabilitation project needed to reconfigure and reinvent the building to support the needs of new occupants. Mechanical, electrical, and computer data systems serving the building were outmoded and needed to be upgraded, and issues with accessibility and circulation also needed be addressed.
PVN supported the project structural engineer with preservation-specific engineering and expertise, as well as construction document production. The scope of work included reviewing building documentation for information pertaining to structural systems and capacities, a focused condition assessment to identify building deficiencies, evaluating existing structural system capacities, and developing a structural design strategies to support the rehabilitation.