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  Grant Center Renovation & AdditionGrant Center Renovation & Addition


Foss Architecture & Interiors, Inc.
810 1st Avenue N, Fargo, ND 58102

General Description

Location: Moorhead, Minnesota
LEED® Certified
Date Bid:
May 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to Apr 2013
Total Square Feet: 60,470 Site: 1 acre.
Number of Buildings: One; 12 classrooms, 1 auditorium.
Building Sizes: Basement, 21,770; first floor, 25,600; second floor, 13,100 total 60,470 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 13’ 4”; first floor, 13’ 4”; second floor, 13’ 4”; total, 40’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Design Architect: EYP Architecture & Engineering - 470 Atlantic Avenue, Floor 7, Boston, MA 02210
Structural & HVAC Engineer: EYP Architecture & Engineering - 470 Atlantic Avenue, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02210
General Contractor: Gast Construction - 3410 9th Street, S., Fargo, ND 58104
Electrical, Civil, Fire, Plumbing Engineer: Ulteig Engineers - 3350 38th Avenue, South, Fargo, ND 58104
Cost Estimator: Foss Architecture & Interiors, Inc. - 810 1st Avenue N, Fargo, ND 58102

Concordia College's Offutt School of Business is located in the existing, repurposed Grant Hall Dining Center. Grant Hall, located in between and connected with two residence halls was left vacant after a new, central dining center opened on campus. During a campus master plan evaluation, Grant Hall was targeted as a potential location for the School of Business. Renovation of the obsolete Grant Hall would fit nicely within the Campus' goals for sustainability and extend academic activities to an otherwise remote area of the campus.

Complete gutting of Grant Center ensued, down to the bare structure, including removal of the existing roof structure to allow addition of a third floor level. Existing footing were excavated and expanded, and poured-in-place concrete columns reinforced to accept additional loading. And atrium core was cut through existing waffle-slab floor structure to allow clerestory natural light to filter into the lowest levels of the building.

New air-handling and VAV systems are fed from central campus steam, while a local water-cooled condensing unit provided cooling for the building. Plumbing fixtures are high efficiency, including dual-flush toilets to help achieve sustainability goals. High efficiency lighting systems include occupancy sensors in most offices, classrooms and public spaces. Large amount of glass in both interior and exterior walls allow for natural light to travel throughout the building and creates vistas of activity from public spaces into classroom and study areas.

The facility includes 12 new classrooms featuring smart technology, open commons areas where students can collaborate with the professors and classmates outside of class, as well as an exterior patio terrace. A boardroom, technology lab for a student investment club, and a student-run coffee shop are also included. A new multipurpose auditorium addition features flat-floor, flexible seating for up to 250 and includes a multi-panel LCD presentation system, stage lighting, pre-function lobby and new toilet rooms.

The facility is the first building on Concordia's campus to be LEED® Certified, which the School of Business achieved at Silver level. EYP Architecture & Engineering of Boston, MA, served as design architects for the project.

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