Minnesota State University, Mankato - Campus Mall

Mankato, MN | Educational


Considered the heart of the campus surrounded by the library, student union, and classroom buildings, this pedestrian mall bustles with activity throughout the year. However with a look and style from the 1970's, the old pedestrian mall had become dated and its fountain had fallen into disrepair. The University sought to reinvent and reinvigorate their dated campus core.


Together with the University, a vision was created for the pedestrian mall that would encompass a modern style with a notion of innovation. The new design respects the need for the space to accommodate significant pedestrian traffic, while also introducing elements that would encourage students and faculty to engage within the space to make it more welcoming.


Design elements incorporated into the new campus mall include a new transit stop, a prominent new water feature, varying pavement textures and materials, as well as energy efficient lighting fixtures. Reuse of existing art sculptures in the new design, as well as several new pieces resulting in a refreshed public setting.

To assist in the visioning process, a physical model was prepared. The model was constructed of wood, plexiglass, and other materials to provide a tool to visualize the spatial relationship between the existing and future buildings, proposed landscaping elements, and other features. The resulting design creates a picturesque pedestrian mall that is welcoming, functional and artistic.

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