Minnesota State University, Mankato - Gateway

Mankato, MN | Education


The intersection of Stadium Road and Ellis Avenue is a primary entrance for students and visitors arriving at the campus of Minnesota State University - Mankato.


A substantial renovation of the area around this intersection was planned with the goal to create a memorable and visually striking gateway to the University campus. This highly visible intersection originally consisted of a nondescript grassy slope with simple limestone blocks. Minnesota State University – Mankato’s focus was to improve the curb appeal of this main entrance.


ISG designers and landscape architects designed a larger pedestrian plaza at the corner, flanked by two impressive monument signs accented with LED lights identifying both Minnesota State University and the Ellis Avenue Gateway. Perennial grasses were added along with low groundcovers to highlight and add a sense of prominence to the art installation, “Pillars”, by sculptor Steven Woodward, featuring limestone books etched with the names of academic disciplines. Custom-designed planters now border the pedestrian walkway to define a vehicular barrier. This also provides splashes of annual color lasting throughout the growing season to improve aesthetic appeal.

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