University of North Dakota Merrifield and Twamley Renovations

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Merrifield Hall is the academic heart of UND’s beautiful campus, and the inspiration for a Predesign with space programming and academic masterplan that would renovate and interconnect Merrifield and Twamley Hall to two others, Nistler College of Business and Public Administration and Chester Fritz Library. Connecting the four buildings will reduce deferred maintenance, relocate classrooms from Columbia Hall’s demolition, and create one united “ecosystem.” Merrifield Hall’s 1929 collegiate gothic building encompasses four stories with 18,680 SF per floor of renovation focused on programmed space for a dynamic variety of classrooms and collaborative study spaces. Twamley Hall, constructed in 1962 with a more restrained collegiate gothic style, features four stories and 14,900 SF per floor of renovation, primarily focused on offices and support spaces. JLG’s design will bring the two building’s technology, décor, and function into the present while maintaining the historic character that has charmed students for nearly a century. Overall, this renovation will prompt substantial utility savings, create a dynamic student learning experience, and help forge a stronger sense of community between staff, faculty, and students.