Minnesota State University, Mankato - Campus Mall

Mankato, MN | Education


Minnesota State University, Mankato, (the University) sought to reinvent and reinvigorate its dated campus core.


Considered the heart of the campus, surrounded by the library, student union, and classroom buildings, this pedestrian mall bustled with activity throughout the year. However, with a look and style from the 1970’s, the old corridor had become dated and its fountain had fallen into disrepair.


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 accommodated significant pedestrian traffic, while also introducing elements that would make the space more welcoming and encourage students and faculty to engage within the space. 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.

Final design elements incorporated into the updated campus mall included a new transit stop, a prominent water feature, varying pavement textures and materials, as well as energy efficient lighting fixtures. The reuse of existing art sculptures, as well as several new pieces resulted in a refreshed public setting. The resulting design created a picturesque pedestrian mall that was welcoming, functional, and artistic.

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