St. Paul, Minnesota

Collaborative Design Group designed the renovation and reuse of the historic Macy’s Building in downtown St. Paul. The former department store building, now known as the Treasure Island Center, was completely transformed to feature retail, restaurant, and office spaces on the lower levels. The basement houses the Minnesota Wild practice facility, which features two locker rooms, including one with state-of-the-art mechanical equipment that allows the team to sanitize and control smells without removing equipment from the room. Showers, sauna, hot tubs, weight and training rooms, meeting areas, treatment rooms, equipment storage, offices, and a players’ lounge and kitchen make up the rest of the space, which is accessed by the building’s parking garage and has elevators to take players and coaches to the upper level practice rink.

The practice rink sits on the top floor of the building and was designed to accommodate the Wild, Hamline University, and the general public. The space features a newly constructed vaulted roof structure and space for spectator seating, including an elevator to provide accessible seating options. In addition to the Wild, the rink is used by Hamline’s men’s and women’s programs and is also available for free skates and ice rental. Other amenities on the floor include multiple locker rooms for college teams, visitors, and referees, changing rooms for other guests, skate rental, offices, storage, and a zamboni garage.

New windows were added into the existing solid brick facades to modernize the exterior appearance and add much need improvements to interior daylighting. New signage, a mural that wraps the south and east faces of the building, and art pieces near the parking entrance also update the existing aesthetic.