St. Olaf College ~ Tomson Hall Renovation

Northfield, Minnesota

Project Description

Tomson Hall represents a collaborative effort between St. Olaf College, Boldt and Architectural Alliance to completely re-design and renovate the three-story former science building that is 125,000 sq. ft. in size. Tomson Hall houses the education department and the college’s six language departments, plus the world languages center. Other occupants include offices that serve students, such as admissions and financial aid, the office of international and off campus studies, the academic support center and the center for experiential learning that helps St. Olaf students discern their vocations and careers.

Sustainable Features
Keeping with St. Olaf’s Sustainable mission, the buildings structure was reused versus demolition, energy efficient systems were installed and the atrium allows for almost 100 percent daylighting on three floors. The renovation consists of a complete interior remodel. To provide more natural day-light into the building, the roof and two precast floors were cut out in the middle with extensive new skylights to create a large multi-level atrium with two walking bridges spanning the open atrium area. Larger exterior windows were installed to spread natural daylight throughout the building.

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Architectural Alliance

Boldt's Role


Key Points

  • Significant collaboration and problem-solving went into repurposing this 50-year old building. Weekly interactive scheduling meetings were held. The weekly work schedule was posted within stairwells on each level for subs to adhere to meeting schedule requirements and to keep priorities clear to all.