This year, in addition to the annual redecorating of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., parts of the Palace will be under ‘corn-struction’ as the building undergoes a transformation. The remodel of the Corn Palace will feature larger exterior murals, a new sign, custom-designed light-up domes, and a walk-out balcony for visitors. On the interior, visitors will be greeted with a new grand entry and lobby and a redesigned box office. For the first time in decades, guests also will be invited to the second floor of the Corn Palace, where they will find an Oscar Howe exhibit space and access to the front balcony. The Corn Palace will remain open regular hours throughout the renovation. The total project is estimated to cost $7.19 million over two phases. The first phase, which is currently under way, is budgeted at $3.62 million. The city of Mitchell is providing funding for the project through a bond issue. -Construction Equipment Guide
MG McGrath Scope of Work: MG McGrath will furnish and install the aluminum exterior decorative turrets and domes as well as decorative metal screen panels.
On the exterior, changes will include new domes that can be lit in different colors; improved exterior lighting (like the lights illuminating each mural); enhanced, larger murals; street-level tile on the west and south sides; a walk-out balcony over the marquee; large windows replacing three small murals on west side; and a new attractive opening on the south side. On the interior, changes will include a grand, two-story entry; a new box office location; a new lobby design; a walk-out balcony bridge; new family bathrooms; a new concierge station; an accessible seating area in the arena; temperature control improvements; and a new passenger elevator. “Nearly all of the subcontractors are from the Mitchell community or region,” Miskimins said. “One major exception is MG McGrath, who is fabricating the new domes. Because the domes are such a critical, unique component of the project, the architect pre-approved select fabricators prior to the bid process.” -Construction Equipment Guide