Dramatically changed after a three-year renovation, the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium is poised to reopen next weekend. The transformation is nothing short of astonishing. A dramatic new Northrop Auditorium has emerged from 38 months of construction, unrecognizable to the faithful who have flocked to the 85-year-old University of Minnesota landmark for concerts, dance performances, lectures and graduations. -Star Tribune
After seven decades of little more than acoustical Band-Aids and minor cosmetic fixes, rejuvenation efforts began in 2006, when the building’s exterior received a $21 million restoration. In 2011, the university’s Board of Regents approved an $80.8 million remake of the building’s interior. The price tag eventually grew to $88.2 million, and the results debut Friday at a gala event featuring American Ballet Theatre. -Star Tribune
MG McGrath will fabricate and install a 6,000 square foot perforated metal panel custom forestage screen and frames with a white powder coat finish.
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