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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Photo: Joe Brennan, Phalanx Studios
Photo: Joe Brennan, Phalanx Studios

As part of a campus-wide renovation project at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, HGA Inc. designed an addition with a bright yellow and dark bronze entrance. The entrance, lobby and a new outdoor plaza unite the museum’s two main buildings, and connects it to the landscape and adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The 5,000-square-foot project also includes skylights, a rolling door and floor grating.

Joan Soranno, FAIA, design principal at HGA, says, “We wanted to create a real social center at the entrance. In the original, the entrance was the town square. We realized the town square should be the garden, so now the garden will envelop the Walker.”

To construct the yellow part of the vestibule, MG McGrath Inc. welded several aluminum sheets together to create a single panel for ceiling and walls. The company fabricated and installed 1,340 square feet of Liebovich Steel and Aluminum Co.’s 3/8-inch aluminum plate panels in custom Ferrari Yellow paint.

Dark bronze panels were used for exterior walls and trim for two custom skylights, located at the lobby and a restaurant. MG McGrath fabricated and installed 3,800 square feet of Polished Metals Ltd. Inc.’s 1/8-inch Muntz Bronze plate panels with a custom Dark Bronze finish. MG McGrath fabricated trim for the skylights as single pieces in a gutter profile to shed the water. Empirehouse Inc. installed glazing for the skylights, which was supplied by Carey Glass.

At the entrance and lobby, MG McGrath fabricated and installed 1,200 square feet of Liebovich Steel and Aluminum’s 0.04-inch aluminum flashings and trims in custom White. Also at the vestibule, MG McGrath fabricated and installed 415 square feet of Construction Specialties Inc.’s stainless steel floor grating.

A custom, 40-foot-wide by 9-foot-high rolling door was installed at the entrance. MG McGrath fabricated and installed it in three aluminum sections, painted in custom White. Häfele America Co. supplied track and rollers for the door. The $23 million project was completed in November 2016.