University of Minnesota Akerman Hangar Hall

The University of Minnesota, returned Akerman Hangar Hall, circa 1948, to its original layout, while reducing operational costs. The project was coordinated with the Center for Sustainable Building Research and the Weidt Group and Excel Energy to provide greater energy efficiency and maintain the historical integrity of the building.

The renovation was part of an upgrade to the fire/life/safety systems
in Akerman Hall and the old Mechanical Engineering buildings and
was a top priority for the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
(AEM) department. The renovation returned the hangar to its
original layout, while the first and second floors were completely
repurposed to provide flexible light industrial research labs, offices,
and collaborative space for students in the AEM program. The
renovation corrected many building code violations, provides a
more efficient use of space and creates an attractive, engaging
learning environment.