MCTC Helland Center Skyway Renovation Exterior

Minneapolis, Minnesota


MCTC Helland Center Skyway Renovation

Region
Midwest USA
Client
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Project Size
1,100 Square Feet
Status
Complete

Skyway Renovation

The original structures at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are massive, modern brick structures constructed in the 1970s, with large expanses of window walls in strategic locations. Additions in recent years have provided more glass, metal panel, granite, terracotta panel and brick, as well as a new rooftop garden that connects the campus to the adjacent city park. Built in 1985, the Helland Center Skyway is a triangulated truss tube spanning between two of these structures. It looks toward the downtown skyline to the north, and the rooftop garden and park to the south. The skyway’s graceful structure was enclosed in dark bronze metal panels on the exterior, and stainless-steel panels on the interior. The design goal was to open the structure to the views of the campus and to enhance the visibility of the primary pedestrian and biking thoroughfare below the skyway that connects downtown Minneapolis and Loring Park.

MCTC Helland Center Skyway Renovation Exterior