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University of Minnesota Morris Welcome Center

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    • the welcome center is the first building in the state to incorporate chilled beam technology
    • Overview

      “The restoration brought the interior firmly into the 21st century. . . . The MSR team worked closely with the school, from the chancellor to the janitors, to design a building that would function well for everyone.”—Architecture Minnesota

      MSR led an integrated design process for this renovation project to serve two purposes: to act as a gateway for visitors and be a centerpiece for the campus’ commitment to sustainable design. Anticipating LEED Gold certification, the building is a living laboratory for innovative technologies, including the first application of chilled beams in the state. 58% more energy efficient than code requires, the building is helping the campus to achieve energy independence. MSR was sensitive to putting 21st-century technology into an existing historic building within a National Register of Historic Places Historic District.

    • the Engineering Building (circa 1915) was part of the West Central School of Agriculture
    • now part of the U of M Morris, the building (circa 2007) was in dire need of renovation
    • the building now welcomes prospective students and their families and alumni
    • includes public gathering spaces for meeting with students
    • along with private offices and meeting space for admissions and continuing education
    • and open offices for support staff and student volunteers
    • Specifications

      Location: Morris, Minnesota

      Type: Renovation

      Size: 18,700 square feet

      Sustainable design: LEED Gold registered

    • the renovation employs a variety of sustainable design concepts and technologies
    • Awards

      Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Preservation Award.

      Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) Special Recognition Award.

    • Project Contact

      Josh Stowers

      • Architect / Principal
      • josh@msrdesign.com
      • 612 889 0034
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      Thomas Meyer

      • Architect / Principal
      • thomas@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3222
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      Traci Engel Lesneski

      • Interior Designer / Principal
      • traci@msrdesign.com
      • 612 991 7764
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