Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus Master Plan
Paulsen Architects completed the update of Minnesota State University Mankato’s Master Plan. Working in collaboration with multiple Minnesota State University Mankato’s representatives (administration, department heads and student input), campus facilities personnel, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities and community members, Paulsen Architects presented a vision for what the campus could look like in both 5 and 20 years.
The update of the master plan identified the following issues to improve the campus and prepare for the future growth: strengthen & identify the land use precincts and building zones; redesign gateways and arrival areas; redesign vehicular circulation and parking; and better define open space and streetscape.
Plan include features such as include:
Relocate academic functions from the Wiecking Center to the expanded academic precinct in the campus core
Expand the academic precinct to the east of the Trafton Science Center
Expand the academic or housing precinct to the west of the Performing Arts Center and Andreas Theatre
Expand the support precinct to the west of Memorial Library and Centennial Student Union.
Renovate/redevelop the Gage Tower Complex
Develop campus gateways that visually define the primary entry points at the campus perimeter
Transportation study will determine pending parking needs
Renovate the existing campus pedestrian mall referred to as the “heart of the campus”
Develop a pedestrian mall open space in the area currently used as South Road
Develop residential quads with future student housing
Enhance the existing quality of the campus streetscape