September–October 2005
Vol. 31 No. 5

Interiors Projects

26 A Welcome Change Hammel, Green and Abrahamson puts the finishing touch on its expansion and renovation of General Mills headquarters with a crisply redesigned visitor’s lobby By Camille LeFevre

30 Divine Intervention Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Architects oversees the restoration, renovation, and reconfiguration of San Antonio’s historic San Fernando Cathedral By Mason Riddle

34 Amazing Grace The Museum of Russian Art finds a new home in a Spanish Colonial Revival church. In the hands of Julie Snow Architects, it’s a match made in heaven. By Mason Riddle

37 Prison Reform BWBR Architects’ secure and energy-efficient new housing unit at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility establishes a normative environment for inmates nearing release By Nancy A. Miller


40 Midtown Makeover A three-block redevelopment in south Minneapolis, anchored by the adaptive reuse of the Lake Street Sears building, is one of the most ambitious urban revitalization projects in Minnesota history. Will it work? By Camille LeFevre

46 Big Blue The Eero Saarinen–designed IBM Manufacturing Facility in Rochester remains “a notable and all-too-rare example of a company’s commitment to an original, modern design aesthetic” By Nancy A. Miller


5 Editor’s Note A Sense of History

7 Overview AIA Minnesota 2005 Annual Convention & Exposition; 2005 Young Architects Awards; 2005 Rave Awards

13 Newsmakers Local artist Nancy Ann Coyne and architectural firm Conway + Schulte honor Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in Vienna with a unique installation at the University of Minnesota’s Andersen Library By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

15 Interview Local pediatrician and sustainable-design advocate Christine Ziebold talks about the built environment and its effect on human health and well-being By Mary Guzowski

19 Endangered With a major impediment to reuse now removed, it’s time to repair and find new lives for deteriorating Officers’ Row buildings on Fort Snelling’s Upper Bluff By Robert Roscoe

21 Practice The Adopt a Room foundation, with help from a local architecture firm, aims to make children’s hospital rooms a little more like home By Barbara Knox

23 Technology Raised access floors offer architects and building occupants a variety of benefits, including design flexibility, energy efficiency, and improved indoor air quality By William Weber

25 Talking Point Architecture that is molded by the sun’s path, that breathes in fresh air and gathers water and energy from its surroundings, achieves a new kind of beauty By Greg Maxam, AIA

64 Directory of Interior Architecture Firms

70 Directory of Interior Design Firms

74 Project Credits

75 Advertising Index

76 Fast Forward University of Cincinnati Gatehouse; VJAA, Minneapolis, architect; Van Sickle, Allen & Associates, Plymouth, structural engineer; Hargreaves Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts, landscape architect

The Museum of Russian Art Minneapolis, Minnesota Architect: Julie Snow Architects Photographer: Don F. Wong

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