Building for the Next Generation

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Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center


Project Description

McGough and the design team collaborated with Macalester College to transform its campus arts precinct, including music, theater and fine arts buildings and a series of landscape rooms. The result is a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts complex anchored by a light-filled, two-story arts commons that serves the entire campus while providing a new art gallery, classrooms and meeting rooms.

Phase I was completed in 2012 and included a reconfiguration and expansion of the music building to provide a 318-seat concert hall, dedicated choral and instrument rehearsal spaces, individual practice rooms and teaching studios. Completed in 2014, Phase II transformed the art department with new printmaking, drawing, pottery and sculpture studios.

The third phase, currently in design, will create a home for theater and dance, as well as nine new active learning classrooms to support campus wide classroom needs.


68,000 SF




St. Paul, MN


McGough has been building, renovating, remodeling and expanding educational facilities for more than 60 years. We feel honored to have had the opportunity to construct many of the places – classrooms, science laboratories, libraries, student housing, and recreational and performing arts facilities – where students’ lives have been, and continue to be, shaped for generations to come.

Contact Dan Malecha or Dan McKay to learn more.

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Dan McKay

Vice President, Higher Education

Dan Malecha

Regional Vice President, Minnesota