Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 6, Pg. 34-37

Document Type: Feature article


The Civil and Mineral Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis was designed with careful attention to the environment. In the years ahead, this building will continue to be a visible symbol of the great potential for underground space. The building, which is 95% underground, has cut-and-cover earth-sheltered space near the surface and deep mined space in soft sandstone. A description of the design and construction of the building is presented, including a solution to the groundwater problem, and a means to allow natural light into the underground structure. It is also shown how energy conservation is a prime consideration in the design.

Subject Headings: Building design | Underground structures | Space construction | Underground construction | Sustainable development | Minerals | Colleges and universities | Sandstone | Minnesota | United States

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