The Gustavus Adolphus College Nobel Hall Expansion project was named a 2020 Top Project by Finance & Commerce. This award recognizes projects from all over Minnesota built in 2020 that showcase a degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts. The people and companies behind the projects will be honored at a July 22 event at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
The expansion of Nobel Hall on Gustavus Adolphus College’s campus provided an opportunity for new state-of-the-art science labs and a new “Black Box” theater. The theater is set up to be reconfigured to allow different types of audience interactions and different stage settings. These improvements highlight the college’s dedication to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education while providing unique hands-on learning opportunities and enhanced collaborative efforts between faculty and students.
Bolton & Menk provided the civil design for the project. Our team designed sanitary sewer, drinking water, and stormwater utilities to serve the improvements along with grading plans for sidewalk and parking lot improvements. Underground stormwater infiltration systems were used to promote groundwater recharge while avoiding several existing underground utility service tunnels. The project has also been certified at the Gold level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), with the infiltration galleries proving to be instrumental in obtaining the certification.
Our team worked with Gustavus Adolphus College Staff, Hastings + Chivetta Architects, Inc., and Kraus Anderson Construction Company to realize the final project.
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