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  Galaxy 14 Cine


Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc.
10777 Sunset Office Drive, #300, Sunset Hills, MO 63127

General Description

Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Date Bid: Oct 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to Oct 2007
Total Square Feet: 73,342 Site: 9.45 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 63,425; mezzanine, 9,917; total, 73,342 square feet. 
Building Height: Total, 45’. 
Basic Construction Type: Structural precast panels/New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Insulated structural precast concrete panels, brick, EIFS. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall (20%), precast structural concrete panels. 

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Ibrahim Engineering Corp. - 11500 Olive Boulevard, #200, St. Louis, MO 63141
General Contractor: OPUS Northwest, LLC - 10350 Bren Road, Minnetonka, MN 55343
Mechanical Design Build: Winona Heating & Ventilation - 374 East Second Street, Winona, MN 55987

Galaxy 14 Cine

When the 100 year old, family owned Wehrenberg Theatres, Inc. selected a site for expansion in Rochester Minnesota, their obvious choice was to select Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc. with whom they had completed dozens of successful theater projects in the past. 

The planning and Construction Documents for the new Galaxy 14 Cine in Rochester, Minnesota, and it's sister facility in Bloomington, Illinois were developed simultaneously by Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc. The overall facility in Rochester is designed to support the latest technology in the Movie business including digital projection and sound. 

The use of 12-inch insulated structural precast concrete exterior wall panels assisted in creating a building envelope insulated beyond Building Energy Code Performance requirements adding to patron comfort and minimizing buildings overall energy consumption. The precast concrete walls are articulated with scoring and an exposed aggregate finish to add architectural interest to the average 32-foot walls. The main entry "Galaxy" spire towers 60-feet tall and consists of an EIFS system on metal studs with a steel frame. Other architectural elements used to articulate the front corners of the facade are trimmed with more than 400 lineal feet of red LED lighting.

As digital sound systems and technology improves, the standards for theater demising wall designs become more important. The interior auditorium demising walls are constructed of 8-inch thick structural precast concrete that achieves a Sound Transmission Coefficient greater than 65 allowing the undisturbed enjoyment for moviegoers to simultaneous venues. The use of structural precast panels takes the place of multiple layers of gypsum board on metal studs and steel columns reducing labor costs and schedule due to efficiency of erection of the precast panels.

Ticket queuing occurs in a climate-controlled vestibule to ward off the harsh winter climate of central Minnesota. The two story Lobby is accented by a bold color scheme and a custom Chandelier measuring 4-foot in diameter and 14-foot tall suspended 28 feet above the lobby floor. Flooring materials are mostly custom designed carpeting with a custom laser cut Centiva vinyl tile mosaic logo and accents. 

The patrons attention is directed immediately to the (11) station main concessions stand anchored on one end by Fred's Food Concessions sales station offering pizza, toasted ravioli, burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips and nachos. Self-service beverage stations flank the main concession counter. 

The dining area is themed reminiscent of a historic drive-in movie theater complete with movie screen, drive-in speakers, 10 authentic classic automobiles customized for booth seating and the effect of a night sky designed from custom ceiling elements and twinkling LED star light. All 14 auditoriums are designed as full Stadium Seating Auditoriums featuring 18-inch elevated seating platforms for unobstructed sight lines. These concrete platforms are supported by light gauge metal truss systems for efficiency of construction.

The elevator provides patrons access to the upper level of the "Mega Screen" auditorium. This multi-stop elevator also provides access for equipment to the projection mezzanine.   


DIV. 3: Structural Precast Panels: Fabcon. 
DIV. 7: Membrane: Firestone; Canopy: Mapes Industries; EIFS: Dryvit.
DIV. 14: Elevator: Otis.

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