Student representatives participated in vision tours, helping to craft and prioritize the program, and worked with physical models to explore programmatic adjacencies within the existing context. As a result, a favored approach emerged that reused and repurposed much of the existing Kirby Student Center while adding new program area to meet identified needs. The strategy extends the life of the existing asset while minimizing disruptions to campus utilities and operations.

The proposed design strengthens larger campus circulation patterns while opening up stunning views from the dramatically sloping site to the city of Duluth and Lake Superior below. The vision proposes an addition that bridges over the existing single-story Solon Campus Center building below. Bold trusses span over the existing building, referencing the local industrial vernacular of the shipping industry and allowing the new social hub of campus to be column-free on the main level. The revitalized Kirby Student Center reflects UMD's commitment to out-of-classroom learning and the students' passion for the outdoors.

Scope: 116,000 GSF Renovation 60,000 GSF Addition
Project Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Study Completion: Spring 2012
Partner: LHB, Inc.