MACALESTER COLLEGE THEATRE AND DANCE BUILDING
SAINT PAUL, MN
The $32 million theater complex will have a flex performance space with configurable stages, a dance studio, a spacious scene shop, and additional performing arts classrooms
Macalester College long needed a new theatre building, and after demolishing the old one, the college set out on a $32 million dollar replacement. The college’s eight-year construction process has completely renovated their music and art buildings, and now includes a new theatre building with 58,000 square feet of space for the performing arts. These renovations added more classrooms, a 2,400 square foot dance studio, a box office, a costume shop, a set/scene shop, and lower level studios. At a time where most colleges are cutting their performing arts departments, Macalester really wanted to use the new theatre and dance building as a catalyst to prove to current and future performing art students that Macalester is still invested in their programs.
MG McGrath worked with McGough Construction and HGA Architects on the exterior façade of the new theater project at Macalester College. We provided a custom exterior MG F-Seam panel system fabricated from aluminum with a custom black anodized finish, along with a McGrath aluminum composite panel system in a similar custom black anodized finish. We also provided a custom fabricated .125 aluminum curved panel with a custom perforation pattern in a brass anodized finish for the feature wall on the exterior façade. Each of the performing arts buildings has a feature wall on the outside of the building representing the art that is on the inside. The theatre and dance building’s ribbon wall features a rolled, wavy design alluding to the flowing, movements of a dancer, and the bold drama of a theatrical performance