Meet our partners for the design and construction of this innovative facility
The music and performance addition to the Weitz Center is being designed by HGA, a Minneapolis-based architectural firm. HGA has worked on several prominent music buildings, including the addition to the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, renovations the University of Minnesota’s Northrup Auditorium, the Concert Hall at Macalester, and the Music School and Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M. This proven track record of modern music facilities made the planning committee for the new addition feel confident HGA was the right firm for this project.
“Their team understands practice rooms, rehearsal space, concerts, and how they work together," says Steve Richardson, Carleton's director of the arts.
HGA supports a client-centered and highly collaborative design process, seen already at Carleton. All full-time faculty members have seen blueprints, met with the architects, and weighed in on various decisions.
Leading the project, HGA chief executive officer at Tim Carl has won multiple awards for his musical projects, including the 2015 Finance & Commerce Magazine award for top projects and the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Buildy Award. He’s also earned an American Institute of Architects Minnesota Honor Award for the past four years.
Carleton College selected the firm of Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle LTD (MS&R) to develop the former Northfield middle school into the Weitz Center for Creativity - a project that called for renovation and re-use of a historic building as well as new construction.
Based in Minneapolis, MS&R brought a 26-year history of extensive experience in similar projects. MS&R is known nationally for renovation or adaptive reuse work. MS&R's Mill City Museum project was honored with national awards for its success in reusing historic mill ruins to house and showcase the museum and corporate offices, including MS&R's own offices and studio. Similarly exciting and related projects include the Open Book Complex in Minneapolis and Urban Outfitters' corporate headquarters, which required an extensive renovation of a portion of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
The project's principals were Thomas Meyer, president of the American Institute of Architects of Minnesota, and Garth Rockcastle, dean of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
The Construction Team
For both phases of construction, Carleton selected McGough Companies of St. Paul, Minnesota, as the construction manager and general contractor for the project.
The McGough Companies previously worked on the townhouse student housing project at Carleton, completed in 2001, along with work on Olin Hall and the Gould Library expansion. McGough has significant experience in working with other higher education institutions in the state. They served as the contractor for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the recently completed Guthrie Theater.