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Guthrie Theater safety walk-through, May 6, 2005

Photo essay by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

The Guthrie Performing Arts Theater Complex is taking shape along the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. McGough Construction is using a 100 per cent union crew to build the 285,000 square foot, $100 million project, which will include three theaters and support facilities. With the approval of the Guthrie, McGough and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council negotiated a Project Labor Agreement, which calls for no strikes or lockouts. Construction began in November 2003 with completion due in February 2006.

For more information about the new Guthrie Performing Arts Theater Complex, visit www.guthrietheater.org.

Right: Led by an inspector from Minnesota OSHA, a group of building trades representatives prepared to tour the site May 5, 2005 along with representatives of McGough its subcontractors.

Left: a worker hand-cleans the theater's distinctive blue-glazed stainless steel exterior wall. Scenes from past Guthrie performances have been screen printed on the 557 steel panels making up the walls.

Below: a cantilevered bridge extends from the north side of the theatre towards the Mississippi River.

Right: south view of the theater. The curve on the Guthrie echoes the curved grain elevators next door.
Left: Jay Corbelt, Richfield, a member of Heat & Frost Insulators Local 34, insulates chilled lines in the scene shop building across the street from the theater building.
Right: a giant skyway connects the scene shop with the theater, allowing stage sets to be rolled back and forth between the two buildings.

Left: Steve Apt, North St. Paul, a member of Iron Workers Local 512, installs rebar to fill in an opening in the parking ramp left by removal of a tower crane.

Below: scaffolding in the 700-seat proscenium theater.

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