Institutional, Historical

Riverview Hall Renovation, SCSU


  • General Contractor:
    BCI Construction, Inc.
  • Owner: MnSCU
  • Architect: Luken Architecture, P.A.
    • Project: Historically Preserved Space on National Park Service Registry
    • SHPO & NPS Compliance

Project Facts

  • St. Cloud, MN
  • Completed summer of 2014
  • Cost: $3,774,000
  • 37,332 square feet

Delivery Methods

  • General Contractor

Team Results

The Riverview Hall Renovation at St. Cloud State was a landmark project for BCI Construction in 2009 and ultimately launched us into a General Contracting realm that we were looking for.  We successfully completed this project on-time, on budget, and restored this building to its former glory.  The building was originally an  elementary school and brings us back to our roots of yesteryear.  Restored plaster, restored woodwork, and heavy carpentry finishes highlight this historic remodel.

Historical Information

Riverview Hall, which originally opened in 1913, was the neighborhood elementary for St. Cloud’s historic South Side neighborhood until 1958.

Teamed with Luken Architects, BCI was hired as the General Contractor for the project to oversee all the construction efforts in 2008 and was completed in 2009.

The project received upgrades totaling over $4.5M a lasted just over a year to rehabilitate.  The project successfully brought the building into compliance with modern safety and accessibility codes, received heavy technology updates, and dealt with many historically obsolete practices of construction such as use lath & plaster, tuck-pointing & other masonry point work, original wood window restoration, restoration of original wood work & floorings, and original door & some hardware restoration.  The team even went so far as to re-create one (1) class room exactly as it was in 1911.

After the completion of the historic rehabilitation, St. Cloud State’s Riverview Hall was one (1) of sixteen (16) projects awarded a Restoration/ Rehabilitation Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  Today, St. Cloud State University uses the facility as the Department of Communication Studies.

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