Student Design Forum Offers Reuse Solutions for 10 Endangered Minnesota Properties


Will O’Keefe
Communication & Programs Coordinator
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota



 Student Design Forum Offers Reuse Solutions for 10 Endangered Minnesota Properties

University of Minnesota architecture students’ ideas featured followed by a networking night at Amsterdam Bar & Hall

(Saint Paul, Minnesota – November 17, 2011) – Join the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) on November 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Landmark Center in St. Paul as undergraduate architecture students from the University of Minnesota course – “Saving Minnesota: 10 Buildings at a Time” present their adaptive reuse proposals for 10 of Minnesota’s endangered buildings.  The subject properties have been selected from PAM’s 2011 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list and include the Pillsbury “A” Mill in Minneapolis, Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls, and the Mayowood Historic District in Rochester. The presentations will be followed by a networking event, beginning at 8:45 p.m., at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul.  This event is generously sponsored by Target.

The students are part of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. The heritage preservation workshop is taught by adjunct instructor Michael Bjornberg, AIA, of HGA. When students selected sites, they were asked to consider the local community and its needs to ensure that their design proposals had a real-world application. To encourage the next generation of preservation-minded designers and citizens, PAM is offering a free one-year membership to any registered college students in the audience who show a student i.d.

We envision this night to be an opportunity for both students and design professionals to network, explore creative reuse concepts, and discuss career opportunities. The networking event will follow the presentations (held at Landmark Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.) at the new Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul for light hors d’oeuvres and beverages for purchase.

This is a free event. For more information, visit and we encourage all attendees to RSVP online at  By phone, call Will O’Keefe at 651.293.9047.

About the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is the statewide nonprofit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1981 by Minnesota citizens concerned about the future of the state’s architectural and cultural landmarks. The organization has grown into a network representing thousands of voices across the state. Beyond our membership, we collaborate and partner with other organization and agencies from the national to the local level. We empower communities statewide with the tools needed to preserve significant historic places including the annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list, the Minnesota Main Street Program, and successfully advocating for passage of the state historic preservation tax credit.





WHAT:                 2011 Student Design Forum and Networking Night


WHEN:                 Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Student presentations: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Networking night: 8:45 -10:00 p.m.


WHERE:                  Student presentations:

Weyerhauser Auditorium at Landmark Center
75 W 5th Street

Saint Paul, MN 55102


Networking night:

Amsterdam Bar & Hall

6 W. 6th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102


COST:                      Free


SPONSOR:           Target


REGISTER:              RSVP at

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