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  Metropolitan Opera House, Page 44Metropolitan Opera House

JLG Architects
124 North 3rd Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203

LOCATION: Grand Forks, North Dakota
DATE BID: Sep 2005
Construction Period: Sep 2005 to May 2006
Total Square Feet: 48,160 
BUILDING SIZE: Basement, 14,300; first floor, 14,300; second floor, 14,300, each additional floor, 5,260; total, 48,160 square feet. 
Building Height: Basement, 10’2”; first floor, 15’4”; second floor, 13’2”; each additional floor, 14’4”; total, 44’ above ground. 
Basic Construction Type: Adaptive Reuse. Foundation: Brick. 
Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR & COST ESTIMATOR: Melby Construction Services, Inc. - 4775 Technology Circle, #4, Grand Forks, ND 58203
MECHANICAL Engineer: Lunseth Plumbing and Heating Co. - 1710 N. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: RBB Electric, Inc. - 1123 North 51st Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203

The Metropolitan Opera house was constructed in 1891 as the premiere entertainment venue of its time. It was known as the finest Opera House between Minneapolis & Seattle. The land for the project was donated by the Great Northern Railroad's James J. Hill to a local investment group, headed by Alexander Griggs and E.J. Lander, who put up the $91,000 to construct the building. The "Met" as it became known provided live opera, symphony, plays and stage acts for the Grand Forks region for over 50 years.

The restoration brings back the lost architectural elements that make the building the showpiece of the Richardsonian Romanesque style it once was. Other important steps to restoring its historic integrity include replacing the unique two story bay window assembly that once projected from the south section of the facade, and removing enclosures of the upper portion of the strong stone arch that form the entry to the building. Storefront replacement replicates the original framing and glass in each business bay. 

Amenities include: Individual climate controls for heat and air conditioning; Controlled Access Building; Wired for high-tech audio/video/computer services; Custom cabinetry; Open plans with ceilings as high as 16 feet; Hardwood floors and refurbished face brick; Dramatic kitchens with dishwasher, disposal, refrigerator, range, microwave, and double stainless steel sinks; and Covered parking available.

Imagine designing, building, living and working in a building that enhances the occupants' health and productivity and conserves the Earth's resources - that is what "green building" and the Opera House is all about.

The Opera House is designed for conservation through the following ways:
- Recycled use of an historic building
- Creating urban density without taking of new land
- Location close to public transit
- Use of existing parking facilities
- Water efficient landscaping
- Water efficient toilets
- High efficiency heating system
- High efficiency lighting
- Waste and garbage Recycling Center
- All electric power
- Recycled content construction materials
- Superior indoor air quality
- Low emitting paints and carpets
- Operable windows
- 100% daylighting
- Digital Temperature Controls

DIV. 8: Windows: Marvin.

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