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University Of Minnesota Pioneer Hall Renovation Demolized University Of Minnesota Pioneer Hall Renovation Demolized


Project Overview

The University of Minnesota planned an expansion and renovation of the University’s 90-year-old Pioneer Hall on the East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus. Veit was hired by McGough Construction to gut out the interior of the building.

We demolished the center cores of the existing 5-story dormitories, built in 1928 and 1932. The North/South running wings of each building remained in place and were demolished down to the structural elements, while leaving the street-facing exterior walls intact.

The renovation provided 63 more beds, an additional floor, added community, office and recreational space, and greatly expanded the dining hall.

McGough Construction
Type of Project
Project Scope
Interior Demolition
October 2017 - December 2017
Veit employee in heavy equipment
Your crew is a fantastic representation of Veit. Please commend these gentlemen for the awesome work they do. It’s obvious that they care about and enjoy working for you. Thanks for your time and Veit’s professionalism.
Welsh Construction, LLC Christian Mowery

Challenges We Solved

Leaving the Historic Exterior Pristine
We made sure to take extra precautions when entering and leaving the building and when working around the external facades in order to protect the historical exterior of the Pioneer Building.
Occupied Campus
We established safety protocols not only for our employees but also to protect students and faculty on campus. We also took steps to keep a low profile and minimize dust and noise.
Narrow Time Frame
With only two months in which to accomplish the demolition, we took time to carefully plan up front how we would demo the interior of the two buildings. We worked smoothly and steadily in order to get the job done on time.