1919 University

Exterior Modernization and Interior Renovation

About This Project

  • Location

    St. Paul

  • Year Completed


  • Architect


  • Markets

    Workspace/Office, Building Repurposing

Hired by MetroPlains Development, Greiner updated the 1920’s building to give it a new and updated look.

The scope of work included installing a new main building entrance on the South facade to face University Avenue, adding a metal panel clad canopy and adding an accessible route to the entrance from the sidewalk. The previous main entrance on the North facade was removed and a new metal panel clad canopy was added to match the South entrance.

A large portion of the limestone panel on the South facade was removed and replaced with glass curtainwall at floors 2-5, storefront glass at the first floor and a metal panel sign to separate the two window systems at the second floor line. Interior restrooms on floors 3-5 were demolished and rebuilt in a new location to accommodate the glass wall.

The space between University Avenue and the building was raised to match the first floor of the building and laid out as a multi-level patio space. An accessible route was also connected to the sidewalk.

A unique aspect of this project is that all of this work is being completed while the building is occupied.

Greiner Construction has proudly partnered with MetroPlains to remodel three non-profit organizations work-spaces within the 1919 University Centre in St. Paul.

Each company was its own separate project with their individual requirements and schedules.