MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved a nearly $81 million overhaul of the Northrop building that will upgrade its well-known auditorium and increase space for academics.

The regents took their final vote on the financing of the project on Friday. The 82-year-old building will close on Monday and construction will begin later this month. It will reopen in 2013.

The historic auditorium will get state-of-the art acoustics, better sight lines, more technology and updated amenities, including a cafDe.

The remodeled building will also house the University Honors Program for gifted undergraduates and the Institute for Advanced Study for collaboration among scholars and artists.

Since opening in 1929, Northrop has served as the university’s primary gathering place for the performing arts, academic ceremonies and major civic events.

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Comments (6)
  1. Jake says:

    Um . . . it’s Northrop. Way to go, Scoop.

  2. Ron says:

    I graduated from the U in 1972. Northrup was fine then and is fine now. We just attended my daughter’s graduation at Northrup and there was nothing wrong with it. The U just has to spend, spend and spend, driving tuition up and up.

  3. Steve says:

    The biggest change to Northrop will be reducing the main hall seating capacity from 4800 to 2800.

    1. Joe says:

      Probably to accommodate bigger size people.

  4. Susie says:

    Sorry – it’s never been called Northrup “Building” nor has it ever been spelled “Northrup.” Please check your facts before posting.

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