The Quarters at Mankato

Mankato, MN | Housing

Overview

The Quarters at Mankato provides amenity-filled student living for students at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Opportunity

The demolition of two historic residence halls, the Gage Towers, ushered in the need for new student housing at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU,M).

Solution

ISG worked with the Tailwind Group and MSU,M in planning and designing some of The Quarters’ nine new buildings and on-site pool. Location played a key role when creating preliminary designs. The Quarters was built within a gated community to provide maximum security. Residing along a public transportation route, the complex also offers a convenient route to classes and local businesses. ISG’s environmental professionals worked with designers to develop landscaping designs that preserved 90% of the wooded space and mature trees, retaining much of the area’s natural beauty. ISG also helped overcome larger setbacks in pre-existing obstacles, such as working around an eight-foot berm and water main easement that ran throughout the property.

The 13-acre development space ranked student functionality and luxury as top objectives as a means to promote MSU,M as a leader in student housing opportunities. The architectural blueprints present flat and town home-style layouts that can hold two, three, and four bedrooms. One of the most upscale student living options in the region, every apartment has a patio or balcony, a bathroom and walk-in closet for each bedroom, and laundry amenities. The Quarters also features a 24-hour fitness center, lounge, and golf simulator, as well as a pool and hot tub. When finals time comes around, students have individual and group study areas and lounges in all of the buildings. Mechanical and electrical engineering plans also enable maintenance workers to access all HVAC and utility equipment without entering apartments.


Market News

ISG Strategically Advances Environmental Service Expertise

July 23, 2020 (Bloomington, Minnesota) – ISG, a professional design and engineering firm made a strategic advancement to expand its services by welcoming Julie Blackburn as its new Environmental Practice Group Leader, out of the firm’s Bloomington office. Joining 300+ employee-owners including a team of in-house environmental scientists, Julie, the former Governor’s appointee to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, brings over 25 years of passion for identifying environmental solutions and will guide the firm as it takes the next step in becoming an industry leader in environmental services.
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ISG Named Business of the Year by Grow Cedar Valley

June 22, 2020 (Waterloo, Iowa) – Based on its growing presence in eastern Iowa and efforts to give back to the community, ISG has received the 2020 Business of the Year Award from Grow Cedar Valley, an organization devoted to the growth of businesses in the region. ISG’s Waterloo office was honored as one of two businesses of the year (1-50 full-time employees), marking the firm’s growing impact in the region since expanding its footprint to Waterloo in 2018.
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