Minnesota State University, Mankato - Campus Mall

Mankato, MN | Education


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.

Market News

Mankato MoonDogs’ Franklin Rogers Park to be Renamed ISG Field

October 20, 2020 (Mankato, Minnesota) – Building on a series of successful partnerships and projects to bolster its ballpark, the Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League, has exercised its rights with the landlord, the City of Mankato, to lease the naming rights of Franklin Rogers Park to ISG. The ballpark will be named ISG Field after the professional design and engineering firm that was founded in Mankato in 1973. ISG Field represents the MoonDogs’ commitment to providing top quality local baseball and an enriching fan experience. This is the latest update for the team, which has unveiled a new logo and has implemented several renovations for the ballpark in recent years.
Read More

ISG Accelerates Growth with New Office in Rochester, Minnesota

October 13, 2020 (Rochester, Minnesota) – ISG, a leading professional design firm in architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental solutions, announces plans to open a new office in Rochester, Minnesota. The addition will allow the firm to better serve its existing and growing client base and leverage the area’s diverse talent pool. The office will be the firm’s fourth location in Minnesota, adding to its six other offices across the Midwest in Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota.
Read More