Mankato, MN

ISG worked in collaboration with Starbucks Corporate architecture team to adapt a prototype store for their new location on Madison Avenue. The worldwide coffee chain enlisted the expertise of ISG to design a new building that complied with the City of Mankato’s Commercial Gateway District and Urban Design Guidelines. The building design requirements were met by using cultured stone, cement fiber panels, limited EIFS and additional glazing than what is generally used at a Starbucks.

The signature black steel canopies of a typical Starbucks were incorporated at the main entry and drive-thru. Close coordination with the ISG team and the Starbucks Corporate design team was necessary to make the interior of the space function like a typical Starbucks while taking into consideration the non-prototype building design. The new Starbucks was designed as part of a retail campus on the east side of Mankato called the Crossroads Center. Starbucks is one of two new buildings on the site in addition to the remodel of an existing building. All three building were designed to have a complementary image and share the same material and color palate. As a result, the new Starbucks maintains the signature brand image while also fitting in with the local design requirements of this busy retail center.


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  • Holiday Inn Express

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  • Mom & Pop’s

  • Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

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  • Pizza Ranch

  • Pub 500

  • Starbucks

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