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Project timeline

Milestone dates & decisions

  • Governor Dayton signed the 2018 capital projects bill passed by Minnesota legislators, thereby securing $24 million for the renovation of Pillsbury Hall

  • Project Executive Committee, Project Advisory Committee, and Project Steering Committee are appointed to oversee the project

  • JE Dunn Construction is selected as the construction manager; JE Dunn previously completed renovations of Northrop and the Minnesota State Capitol

  • Architecture Advantage (formerly Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects) continues as the architect of record for the project, and their Boston-based partner, Goody Clancy, will provide historic preservation-related experience on buildings similar to Pillsbury Hall




September 2018 - December 2018

  • Schematic design development

  • Consultation with Minnesota State Historic Preservation Board

  • Public Art Committee formed; consultation with English faculty, staff, and students begins to frame questions and themes the public art should address

  • Fundraising feasibility study is conducted as the College seeks $12 million in new gifts to meet our financial goal


January 2019 - May 2019

  • Board of Regents approve schematic design

  • Final design development begins

  • Abatement begins

  • Fundraising drive for Pillsbury Hall launches


June 2019 - August 2019

  • University review and approval of final design

  • Preparation of construction documents begins




September 2019 - December 2019

  • University review and approval of construction documents

  • Construction begins


January 2020 - May 2020

  • Construction continues
  • Time-lapse cameras are installed to view progress


June 2020 - August 2020

  • Construction continues




September 2020 - December 2020

  • Construction continues


January 2021 - May 2021

  • Construction continues


June 2021 - August 2021

  • Project is complete

  • The Department of English and the Creative Writing Program move into the building

  • Grand re-opening celebration and Shattering Expectations campaign closing event are held in renovated Pillsbury Hall