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Cost: Hard construction cost $22 million; total project cost, including building move, $45 million

Size: New construction and theatre renovation 50,000 SF; total Cowles Center 140,000 SF

Awards: 2012 AIA MN Merit Awards; Finance & Commerce Top Projects List 2011

Cowles Center
for Dance and the Performing Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Renovation of the historic 1910 Shubert Theatre as part of The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts was an exciting project for LKPB. Built originally in downtown Minneapolis for the Shubert Theatrical Company of New York, the Beaux-Arts theatre building was host to numerous entertainment venues until it closed in 1982. When redevelopment threatened its existence, the theatre was saved from demolition by Artspace, who purchased it in 1998 and moved it two blocks in 1999 to its current location on Hennepin Avenue, next to the Hennepin Center for the Arts (HCA), also owned by Artspace. Twelve years later, the dream for a magnificent dance flagship connecting the two historic buildings was finally fulfilled.

Features of the grand complex include:

Goodale Theatre (renovated Shubert space): a 39-foot deep by 38-foot wide performance stage, seating for 505 patrons, and an orchestra pit that can be raised for additional seating
Atrium Link: two-stories, lobby/box office area, offices, an education center, rehearsal space, and concessions
Hennepin Center for the Arts: renovated 30 years earlier (LKPB project), and includes offices, rehearsal and performance space for dance companies, dance schools and other arts organizations

Mechanical/Electrical:

LKPBs design included a heat pump system with fluid cooler on the Link roof, replacement of the HCA existing fluid coolers, an emergency smoke exhaust system for the stage house, low flow plumbing fixtures, full fire protection and air-to-air heat recovery for ventilation of the new addition. Our electrical design provided the power distribution and fire alarm systems.