An Encore For HGA

Expanding the Benedicta Arts Center was a team effort. Pictured from left are architect Andrew Weyenberg; Sister Colman O'Connell, Jim Fredricks, and Tom Darnall of the College of St. Benedict; and architects E. Tim Carl and Jamie Milne-Rojek.

With a sprinkling of holy water, Sister Henrita Osendorf blesses the cornerstone of the original center in 1964.

The original front façade of the monastery inspired building.

A side view, revealing the tallest volume_the flyloft-shared by the theaters to either side.

The compressed auditorium lobby, which doubled as a gallery.

The building plan.

How the major program areas are organized in section, plan, and 3-D is shown in a notecard sketch.

The expanded arts center extends the architectural edge along the campus mall, with white stucco walls and ribbon windows that continue the language established by Curt Green's auditorium entrance (at left in photo).

A rendering differentiates between the existing structure, in black and white, and the 28,500-square-foot, red-panel-clad addition, with (from left to right) a lobby extension, a dance studio, a music rehearsal room, and a black box theater.

Plans give an aerial perspective on the addition within the Saint Benedict campus and show its relation to the original arts center.

Performing Arts Center Addition at St Bernard College, Location: St Cloud, MN, Architect: HGA Architects. This is the description of this image.

The low profile of the north façade intentionally defers to the original auditorium's monumental scale.

Staging for the amphitheater occurs directly from the subterranean black box theater.

Activity in the dance studio invites the gaze of passing pedestrians.

Other new spaces include the music rehearsal room.

The black box theater.

The light-wood ceiling in the double-height lobby of the Colman Theater nods to the original wood-strip lobby ceiling designed by Green.

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