U of MN Akerman Hall Renovation  / MinneapolisMN
Repurposing history into a state of the art teaching space

The Akerman Hall renovation involved a complete overhaul of the former hangar area for the Aerospace and Engineering Mechanics Program. All work took place within a fully occupied building that included lab spaces, graduate research offices, faculty offices, and classrooms. Scope included the renovation of an existing airplane hangar into a student lounge and faculty offices, industrial and chemical laboratory spaces, exterior repairs/restoration, new HVAC system, fire/life safety system, window replacement, elevator installation, and penthouse construction for new air handling units.

  • Performs 30% better saving $70,000 per year in energy costs
  • Completed on time and within budget with scope increases

Facts And Figures

U of M

Completed August 2011


199,788 sf

Delivery Methods


The Team


Annual Award - Preserve Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 2011

Top Projects Award - Finance & Commerce, 2011