Hagg-Suer Hall illustration

  Pictured: Rendering of new Hagg-Suer Hall at Bemidji State University (courtesy of BTR)

Predesign is a process resulting in a document that defines the programmatic, physical, and financial elements of an individual capital project. The predesign also assesses the project impacts on the broader environment, prior to initiating design work. Preparation of a predesign is a collaborative effort of the college or university that is proposing the project, the faculty and staff who will use the facility, and system staff.

Most projects that are funded by general obligation or revenue bonds require a predesign, although requirements vary, depending on the complexity and scope of a particular project.

RFP Template for Predesign Architect

Predesign RFP Template. (April 2018) Standard template to solicit consultants for predesign work for Minnesota State capital projects. 

Predesign Guidelines

Predesign Guidelines (April 2018). Current guidelines governing preparation of predsigns for all types of projects - capital, HEAPR, revenue and locally funded.

For predesign questions, please contact Michelle Gerner at 651-201-1531 or

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