Bell Museum
University of Minnesota
2088 Larpenteur Avenue West Saint Paul, MN 55113
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The Bell Museum building and site are conceived as an innovative living diorama that integrates sustainable and energy efficient technologies with Minnesota’s natural history story. Rainwater gardens and an on-site pond provide animal habitat, harvest rainwater for irrigation, and manage extreme rain events. Pollinator gardens and low-height “Bee Lawns” provide on-site ecosystem services while also serving as demonstrations for Minnesota residents. 40 percent of the museum’s exterior is clad with Minnesota-sourced thermally modified white pine, an innovative, low maintenance cladding with a low environmental impact. For the large expanses of glazing, the design team worked with a local glass fabricator to develop cost-effective, evidence-based, and aesthetically pleasing patterns to deter bird strikes. One of the first projects required to comply with SB 2030’s 70% reduction target, the building uses a radically reconfigured VAV mechanical system, cutting-edge computerized controls, high-tech glass, and a PV system to achieve a 71% reduction in carbon-producing energy consumption. 

This project was a finalist for the 2018 Best of B3 Design Award.

 

Project Details
LocationSaint Paul, MN
Construction TypeNew Construction
Building TypeMuseum
OrganizationUniversity of Minnesota
Building Area91,990 sf
Vegetated Area1.41 acres
Number Of Stories3

Design Team
ArchitectPerkins+Will
Mechanical EngineerMichaud Cooley Erickson
Structural EngineerPalanisami and Associates
Civil EngineerPierce Pini & Associates, Inc.
ContractorMcGough
Commissioning AgentUniversity of Minnesota
Energy ModelerMichaud Cooley Erickson
Electrical EngineerMichaud Cooley Erickson
Landscape ArchitectPerkins+Will
Building ManagerUniversity of Minnesota

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Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

Photo Credit: (C) Corey Gaffer Photographer

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