Minnesota State University, Mankato – Centennial Student Union

Minnesota State University, Mankato – Centennial Student Union

Mankato, MN

150,000 Square Feet

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.


  • 2007 Merit Award from the Utah American Institute of Architects (AIA) • 2007 & 2006 Award Facility Design Award Association of College Unions (ACUI) • 2006 Gold Citation: American School & University (ASU) Magazine • 2006 FAB Award: IIIDA-Northland Chapter


  • MHTN Architects

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