Since opening in November 1929, Northrop Auditorium has served the University of Minnesota as a venue for music, dance, traveling roadshows, and convocations in its auditorium. Although not officially on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is register-eligible. Thus Historic Preservation authorities scrutinize any modifications proposed and made to the historic structure. -Engineered Systems
MG McGrath Scope of Work: Interior: MG McGrath designed and engineered the custom perforated aluminium forestage screen. Exterior: Furnished and installed Centria Wall Panels.
The revitalized Northrop that opened in April is a multipurpose, state-of-the-art cultural center—with vastly improved sightlines and acoustics—fully integrated with campus and community life. Northrop will continue its long tradition of hosting internationally renowned artists in music, dance, and theater. It also will house modern seminar and meeting spaces; multimedia facilities; a café; and six student study lounges. And Northrop will again, more than ever, be a central campus and community gathering place—the “hearth of the University”—for major events, from convocations to lectures by illustrious speakers. The building also will be home to three University-wide academic programs: the University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the College of Design’s Travelers Innovation Lab. These programs will be springboards for the kind of teaching and learning collaborations that are so important in the modern university—engaging people from many disciplines across the University and from communities far and wide. Northrop’s walls may be constructed of steel and stone, but its cultural and intellectual spaces will be open, porous, and dynamic. University of Minnesota Aliumni
The new Northrop opened on April 4, 2014, with a performance by the American Ballet Theater. In the months since opening, the hall has been more fully utilized than it has been in decades. With new permanent programs in residence in the building, a new vitality has been brought to the venerable anchor on the north end of the main mall at the University of Minnesota. -Engineered Systems