Project Overview

“The Alliiance and our consulting team believe that Tate Hall has the potential to be radically transformed into a vibrant center for science and learning for the research being done right now – and the research that will be performed far into the future.
— Alliiance, Minneapolis, MN

Location: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus,116 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Client: Alliiance

Constructed: 1926

Project Date:  2013

Project Scope: Building Renovation

In 2012, the University of Minnesota contracted with a team of architects and engineers led by Minneapolis-based Alliiance to provide predesign services for the rehabilitation of Tate Hall. Additional state funding was approved in 2014, and the design development phase is currently in progress. The building is located on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus and is considered a contributing element of the proposed University of Minnesota Mall Historic District. At nearly 200,000 gross square feet, Tate has been the home for the School of Physics and Astronomy since its construction in 1926. In 2011, a new Physics and Nanotechnology lab building began construction and many of the labs currently found in Tate will relocate to the new building. The administrative offices for the School of Physics and Astronomy and the auditorium style classrooms will remain in Tate, while the School of Earth Sciences will consolidate their widely dispersed programs into Tate. The rehabilitation project will reconfigure and reinvent the building to support the needs of the new occupants. Mechanical, electrical, and computer data systems serving the building are outmoded and will be upgraded, and issues with accessibility and circulation will also be addressed.

Preservation Design Works is supporting the project structural engineer, Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ) with preservation-specific engineering and expertise, as well as construction document production. Our scope of work during the Pre-design phase included:

  • A review of building documentation, including drawings and reports, for information pertaining to structural systems and capacities.
  • A focused condition assessment to identify building deficiencies.
  • Evaluation of existing structural system capacities.
  • Development of structural design strategies to support the rehabilitation.

We continue to support MBJ with construction document production.

See the Tate renovation webcam for live footage of the construction!