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Construction Project Updates

February 29, 2008

Progress continues to be made on Carleton’s two major building projects, the Arts Union and the new residence halls.

The new residence halls, to be located south of the Language and Dining Center and north of First Street, will begin construction in May 2008, with a targeted completion for Fall 2009. The plan is for the new residences to house 230 students in two asymmetrical buildings, one with suite-style units and the second with more traditional dorm-style units. The project will allow Carleton to bring back at least 100 students from off-campus housing.

Our proposed plan includes parking that both replaces what is lost and adds parking to meet the city code for employees. The project is pursuing a LEED Gold level of sustainability.

Residence Hall Rendering

View the residence hall architectural drawings and watch a video flythrough of the current site plan on the project web site.


Carleton’s new arts facility, now named the Arts Union and located at the site of the former Northfield middle/high school, has a completed schematic design. The project will have multiple phases and the schematic design process has identified which parts of the new facility and building site will be developed in the first phase.

Current ideas for the first phase include renovation of the 1910 building and demolition of the 1954 building, replacing the entire 1954 cafeteria and classroom wing with new construction. Design plans also include new construction to enclose the space in between the buildings to create an atrium-type space.

Arts Union Rendering

View the Arts Union architectural drawings and watch a video flythrough of the current site plan on the project web site.