Bost Farm Red Barn

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Bost Farm Red Barn

Project Type: Historical Preservation, Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Structural Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Chanhassen, MN

Client: University of Minnesota

LHB worked with the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to convert the existing historic Red Barn to a multipurpose event center that is open to the public. The iconic Red Barn has been used solely for storage in recent years, but will accommodate weddings, special events, farmers markets, and other uses in the near future.

The building improvements needed to fit within the existing site, so care was taken to minimize the visual impacts of the elevator and structural improvements from the exterior.

The predesign for the project had been done a number of years before LHB was hired, so the team worked closely with the cost estimator and stakeholders to evaluate options, always conscious of the visual impacts to the building.

Three distinct solutions for the location of an elevator were studied, with cost information provided for each solution. Together, the team chose a solution that was both aesthetically and financially appropriate.

The project scope also encompasses the exterior rehabilitation of the barn including a new historically accurate roof, exterior repainting, select wood repair, and site and landscape redesign.

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