Students Offer Reuse Solutions for 7 Endangered Minnesota Properties


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


 Students Offer Reuse Solutions for 7 Endangered Minnesota Properties

University of Minnesota architecture students’ ideas featured at Student Design Forum

(Saint Paul, Minnesota – November 30, 2011) – Tuesday night, fourteen students from the University of Minnesota presented at the Student Design Forum and Networking Night. The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) hosted this event, sponsored by Target, at Landmark Center in Saint Paul, providing an opportunity for the students from the workshop, “Saving Minnesota: 10 Buildings at a Time” to exhibit their proposed reuses for sites that were part of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Properties list in 2011.

The students are part of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Their heritage preservation workshop was 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.

A jury of experts selected three awards Tuesday evening: Best Preservation Award to Travis Herr for Mitchell Yards; Best Reuse Award to Elle Poppe and Emily Richardson for the Pillsbury “A” Mill; Best Creative Solution to Justin Pille for the Jackson Street Water Tower. The fourth and final award will be announced at the culmination of a week-long public voting period. The public may view and vote on all presentations online at Votes may be cast through December 7th.

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.


PAM wishes to recognize and thank our Annual Organizational Sponsors for making our work possible throughout 2011:  Premier Sponsor—Target;

Landmark Sponsors—HGA and US Bank; Season Sponsors—Commerce Bank, Hess Roise and Company, MacDonald & Mack Architects, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, and Winthrop & Weinstine.


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