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February 2, 2015 – Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota has not only won an American Council of Engineering Companies-Minnesota Grand Award, but also the 2nd annual Grand Conceptor Award, which is given to the project receiving the most votes overall. MBJ and University team members accepted the awards last Friday at the ACEC annual banquet. “We are pleased that this project is being recognized, not just because of its iconic status, but also because so many people put their heads together to work through the project’s tremendous design and construction challenges, and did it successfully,” remarked Mike Ramerth, principal-in-charge of the project. Northrop, as it is now called, also received an AIA Minnesota Honor Award last year and a Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award in 2009. The project was no less than a complete redesign and re-purposing of the interior space as a dynamic, state-of-the-art learning, discovery, and performance center for use by the University and the greater community. The new technically and acoustically enriched auditorium brings a world class performance experience to the University campus.
November 19, 2014 – We congratulate our architectural team members on receiving honor awards from AIA Minnesota: Snow Kreilich Architects for Brunsfield North Loop Apartments and Lake Minnetonka Retreat Home, and HGA Architects and Engineers for Northrop Auditorium Renovation at the University of Minnesota. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as structural engineer of record on all three projects.
October 23, 2014 – Mid-century Modern buildings in the Petrified Forest National Park, whose structural restoration is being aided by MBJ engineers, were recently designated a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To preserve these iconic structures, MBJ’s engineers are designing structural remedial solutions for foundations, masonry load-bearing walls, and slab-on-grade structures. Originally designed by architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander, these buildings express the architectural aesthetic of an age when National Park tourism was at an all time high. Read about the history of these buildings here.