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University of Minnesota, Nicholson Hall

Historical Restoration

Project Description

Entire exterior restoration and extensive interior demolition and rebuilding of a historically significant structure on the university campus. The rehabilitation provided 71,000 SF of high-quality classroom and departmental office space for two academic departments, as well as two student service units.

McGough started by razing the east wing and in-filling the auditorium of the building. Then the entire wood structure was removed with the exception of the roof and replaced with a composite steel and concrete structure. Portions of the basement floor were lowered to facilitate new mechanical equipment. Foundation work was done to tie existing exterior foundation walls to existing exterior footings. The result is a new, entirely up-to-date building that meets current university standards and is ready to stand the test of time.


121,000 SF


Collaborative Design Group


Minneapolis, MN

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Historical Restoration

Historical Renovation

Engrained in the McGough culture is an affinity for true craftsmanship and an appreciation for the rich stories contained in buildings. Our passion for helping clients restore structures and features of historical interest has led us to become an industry leader in our market with respect to this specialty work. Whether bringing iconic buildings like the St. Paul Cathedral back to their natural splendor or breathing new life into historic landmarks like Minneapolis’ Shubert Theatre – now the Cowles Center and the premier dance venue of the Upper Midwest – we bring a well-earned reputation and decades of relevant experience to every restoration project we undertake.

Contact Tom Nonnemacher and Mike McGough for more information.

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Tom Nonnemacher

Tom Nonnemacher

Executive Vice President, Project Principal

Mike McGough

Mike McGough

Vice President, Project Principal