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Project Spotlight: UMN Campbell Hall

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Name: University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development / Campbell Hall
Address: 54 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN
Project Size: 69,868 SF
Owner: University of Minnesota
Contractor: Knutson Construction
Architect: RSP Architects
Engineer: ERA Structural Engineering (Structural), Dunham (Mechanical), and Pierce Pini & Associates (Civil)
Project Scope: Renovation of a historic 1913 building located in the oldest area of the UMN’s Twin Cities campus, plus build of a 46,000 SF addition, seeking to provide a cutting-edge research space for child development and child psychology programs.



Housing one of the country’s top-ranked child psychology programs, Campbell Hall sits on the historic Knoll Campus of the University of Minnesota’s East Bank area. The building, woefully outdated, enjoyed an ideal location snuggled close to numerous campus landmarks and expansive foliage, both of which are historically significant. So when a vision for a demolition, renovation, and addition for the building came about, seeking to better reflect the impressive work accomplished within the building’s interior, both design and construction teams knew they would have to get creative to combine both historical and modern elements.

Wanting to maintain cohesiveness among neighboring buildings and foliage, greenery, and historically significant landmarks caused some challenges for both design and construction teams. One of which was working around and preserving the many 200-year-old oak trees on the job site, which Mark Custer, senior project manager at Knutson Construction, deemed “critically irreplaceable” due to being as old as the University itself.

The result of that hard work and attention to detail? The new Campbell Hall, a structurally sound facility that recognizes ICD’s work and provides the university a state-of-the-art facility that still fits within its important historical context. The project has been recognized as both a Minnesota Real Estate Journal award winner in the Education & Daycare – Urban category, as well as a 2022 Finance & Commerce Top Project.

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