Meet our partners for the architecture, design, planning, and construction of this innovative new facility.
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 brings 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 are Thomas Meyer, who also teaches design at the University of Minnesota's College of Design and is currently the president of the American Institute of Architects of Minnesota, and Garth Rockcastle, who also serves the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
See the current floor plans and designs (PDF) for the Weitz Center for Creativity.
The Construction Team
Carleton selected Pegasus Group to provide owner representation and project management services and the McGough Companies as the construction manager and general contractor for the project. Both firms are based in St. Paul, Minn.
The Pegasus Group's expertise is working with higher education institutions on large capital projects. Among their clients are Creighton University, Quinnipiac University and Catholic University. Members of the Pegasus Group also hold previous experience on projects at the University of Minnesota, including Coffman Memorial Student Union, the Studio Arts Building and Ridder Arena/Baseline Tennis Facility.
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.