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Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship (Markim Hall)

Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship (Markim Hall)

The Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship represents Macalester College’s commitment to internationalism, multiculturalism, service to society, and sustainability. Awarded LEED Platinum certification for energy-efficient design and green technologies, the building sets a new standard for design and construction at Macalester.

Macalester College
St. Paul, MN
Completed: 2009 16,675 sf LEED Platinum Certified
Photography by © Richard Mandelkorn Photography

Markim Hall houses administrative and faculty offices and community meeting rooms. A three-story atrium unifies floors and functions. While respecting the architectural traditions and palette of the campus, the design draws on traditions from beyond: the stone exterior echoes the universal and global traditions of load-bearing buildings. The corner peels away to mark the entrance.

Markim Hall was built at a cost comparable to other campus buildings. It is over four times as efficient as the building it replaced and is exceptionally quiet and comfortable, with 100% operable windows. A concrete core acts as a thermal flywheel to mitigate internal thermal loads. The hydronic HVAC system combines radiant ceiling panels, chilled sails and heat recovery. Recycled, non-toxic and low-VOC materials are used throughout. Outside, plantings are indigenous; landscaping is designed for storm water management.


  • 2009 ACUI Bulletin, Architectural Portfolio Awards
  • 2009 AS&U Post Secondary Award
  • 2010 Environmental Design & Construction Excellence in Design Awards, Honorable Mention
  • 2013 Learning by Design Grand Award