Minnesota State University, Mankato - Centennial Student Union

Mankato, MN | Education

Overview

Minnesota State University, Mankato was looking to expand and renovate its gateway building, CSU, to provide a modern, central space for students to gather.


Opportunity

Recognizing Centennial Student Union (CSU) as a pivotal part of its campus that serves as a catalyst for collaboration and student engagement, Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) invested in its students and partnered with ISG to renovate over one-third of the 150,000 square foot facility, creating a space for students to gather, study, and dine.

Solution

Located as the primary campus entrance, the new $11 million, 8,200 square foot addition of CSU was designed with student experience in mind. The space includes an 80' long glass curtain wall, featuring a two and a half story glass enclosed student lounge and hearth room. The main lounge area features a 36' x 36' limestone wall and 16' wide fireplace providing an impressive space to settle in to read, study, or work in a small group. A dynamic three-story glass enclosed grand staircase serves as a connection to the third level. At night, the lighted areas serve as a beacon for activity on campus.

This project also included a major renovation to the kitchen and dining areas of the student union that serves to accommodate larger capacities and revitalize activity levels. A new food court features a modern layout with seven vendors offering students a wide variety of food options. The improved lighting with contemporary fixtures, furniture, and flooring throughout were selected to blend existing spaces with the new spaces and provide a vibrant flow throughout, tying modern aesthetics into a cohesive facility.


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