Salovich Zero+ Campus Design Project
Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project



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Eddy Hall & Historic Knoll Renovation

Project Description        


Eddy Hall was originally built as the Mechanic Arts Building in 1886.  Designed by Minneapolis architect Leroy Buffington, it is located in the historic heart of the east bank of the Twin Cities campus. It is currently home of the University Counseling and Consulting Services (UCCS). The building was renamed in honor of Henry Turner Eddy, professor of engineering and mathematics and former Dean of the Graduate School. A team of graduate students in the School of Architecture explored possible renovation strategies to update the building as a “Welcome Center” for international students and to introduce sustainable water and energy strategies at the site and building scales.  Below is a summary of the key findings.  See resource column at right for a full report of the student project.



  • Exterior Historical Preservation of Eddy Hall
  • Strong Identity for Greater Campus/ Sustainable Precedent for other buildings on Campus
  • Interior Open Plan with Flexible Gathering Space
  • Rainwater Collection/ Greywater Re-use
  • Energy Conservation
  • Phasing Options for Future Growth


New Program:  Welcome Center for International Students

  • To provide an integrated sustainable interior and exterior environment that acts a welcoming sign and destination for international students and the greater university community.
  • For the building and landscape renovations to act as educational tools and to inform the greater university of the importance of sustainability.



Balancing Preservation and Renovation

  • Integrate new sustainable technology while being mindful and respectful to the historic nature of Eddy Hall and its symbolic importance to the campus
  • Open floor plan of interior to allow for a more cooperative environment and the opportunity for daylighting opportunities
  • Employ solar passive design strategies in order to be minimally invasive

Ecological Connection

  • Create a strong connection between Eddy Hall and its surrounding context (Green District)
  • Incorporate sustainable design elements into the Historic Knoll, while being aware of its historic origins and initial design intentions
  • Connect Eddy Hall’s environs with the greater Mississippi River Corridor (phased approach for implementation)

Building as an Educational Tool

  • Employ the Renovation and Preservation of Eddy Hall and the design intervention for the Historic Knoll as a place to learn and understand the sustainable design concepts such as energy conservation and water optimization, within the design (through process + implementation)
  • Allow for the design to illustrate to the greater campus population the importance the University of Minnesota places on sustainability in this changing world



Key Components of Design Proposal

  • Preserve the Historic Nature of Eddy Hall’s building exterior
  • Renovate the interior of Eddy Hall, allowing for the development of an open plan and the incorporation of daylighting opportunities
  • Develop the Historic Knoll, while being mindful of its historic importance, with the inclusion of native plantings and edible landsapes
  • Phased opportunity to create an ecological connection from Eddy Hall and the Knoll to the Mississippi River
  • Opportunities to utilize sustainable technologies that are appropriate for the site such as photovoltaic panels placed on the roof and in the landscape, as well as a living machine for greywater reuse
  • Allow for the building to act as a sustainable educational tool through its design development and after its construction for the greater University of Minnesota campus