Creating a new gateway building for Minnesota State University, Mankato this expansion and renovation of the Centennial Student Union (CSU) provided a major modernization to a central space at the Mankato campus. As a part of this $11 million project, over one-third of the 150,000 square foot facility was completely overhauled and renovated.
The new 8,200 square foot addition features an 80' long glass curtain wall, featuring a 2 ½ 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 3rd level. At night, the lighted areas serve as a beacon for activity on campus.
This project included a major renovation to the kitchen and dining areas of the student union that will serve 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 updated interior includes improved lighting with contemporary fixtures, furniture, and flooring, providing for a vibrant flow throughout the various CSU areas.