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University of Minnesota Duluth - Labovitz School of Business

Labovitz School of Business and Economics

University of Minnesota - Duluth; Duluth, MN

2004 - 2008

Project Description :  Located in the northeast corner of the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus, the new Labovitz School of Business and Economics is composed of a rich palette of natural materials including weathering steel, exposed concrete and multicolored patterned curtain wall. The materials serve not only as a reminder of the rich industrial history that has shaped the growth of the Duluth area, but also as a device to further articulate the programmatic elements contained within the 

building. The educational spaces are either framed by planes of weathering steel or wrapped entirely as is the case with the major lecture hall. This iconic oval shaped element, located adjacent to the main entrance, acts as an anchoring device for the free flowing building that surrounds it. 


The building is organized around a three story sky lit common area surrounded by a two level 

administrative block, a large 150 seat auditorium and a rotated instructional wing, also on two levels which contains classrooms for 40 and 60 students. Above the classroom wing is a “flying carpet” of thin concrete plates that floats above the classroom wing and extends westward over Kirby Drive creating a new front door and a literal gateway to the campus.


Project Role :  Primary member of design team, design development and construction documents, primarily focused on interior and casework detailing.


Perkins + Will

Chicago, IL &

Minneapolis, MN

Design : 2004 - 2005

Construction :  2006 - 2008

Size : 67,000 SF 

Cost : $18 Million


Awards : LEED Gold

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