Masonic Heritage Center Depicts Freemasonry in Bloomington
- Jun 19, 2015
By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor
Minnesota Masonic Charities, one of the largest grant-making organizations in the North Star State, has announced the start of construction on a brand-new Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington.
According to a news release, the organization has selected Adolfson & Peterson as contractors for the projects, while Trossen Wright Plutowski Architects will handle planning and design work. Construction is already underway on the 50,000-square-foot facility, with completion scheduled for June 2016.
The new Masonic Heritage Center will replace two outdated buildings on the Bloomington Masonic campus, and will integrate the concept and significance of Freemasonry in its design.
“You don’t see this kind of building – which includes a brick façade with concrete-block backup, tile roofing and high-level finishes – often being constructed anymore,” explained Mark Adamson, vice president of pre-construction for Adolfson & Peterson. “It will be a beautiful place to meet, host events and display Masonic artifacts when it’s completed.”
The design of the new Heritage Center will be in tune with its surroundings, and will include detailed columns, masonry patterning, and arches and keyways. The facility will incorporate a 425-seat auditorium, library, conference space, as well as a full catering kitchen. The total cost of the new center is estimated at $15 million, according to Finance & Commerce.
Rendering courtesy of Trossen Wright Plutowski via Finance & Commerce