University Square Apartments

Mankato, MN | Housing

Overview

This mixed-use residential and retail development was built over an existing mall and restaurants. Located across the street from Minnesota State University, Mankato, it is a great location to meet the high demand for student housing. In addition, the lower level retail spaces attract other student and community members before and after campus athletic events and arts performances.


Opportunity

The owner of the development decided to completely renovate and reposition the site in 2002, and envisioned a mixed-use European styled development.

Solution

The project is highly visible with colorful burgundy and yellow exterior accents on the upper level apartments. A structural brick arch colonnade, with a wide sidewalk, frames the lower level retail tenants and apartment entrances. Most of the lower level is covered with a handsome brick for long-term durability. Outdoor seating and decks where people can gather are important features that connect the site to its surroundings and help to build a stronger neighborhood character.


Market News

ISG Moves Across the River to Support Growth and Enhance Client Services

September 13, 2022 (Waterloo, Iowa) – Building off of development momentum within the City of Waterloo, ISG is now the primary tenant of Art Bloc, a new mixed-use residential building overlooking the Cedar River in downtown Waterloo. ISG—a nationally recognized architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm—reimagined the second level interior, designing a state-of-the-art office build-out to facilitate collaboration and communication and improve operational efficiencies.
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ISG Welcomes Project Manager Marty Metcalf – Former Waterloo Community School District Facility Director

May 5, 2022 (Waterloo, IA) – ISG is excited to continue to build upon its PreK-12 facility planning strengths with the addition of former Waterloo Community School District Facility Director, Marty Metcalf. Bringing over 40 years of facility management experience, including the oversight and maintenance of 21 school facilities with over 10,000 students, Marty will collaborate with school districts in Iowa and across the Midwest to develop strategic and implementable long-range plans.
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