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Open House for new Margaret Preska Residence Community

Tour Margaret R. Preska Residence Community from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Office of Media Relations News Release [8-7-12]

Mankato, Minn. – An open house for the new Margaret R. Preska Residence Community at Minnesota State University, Mankato is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday. Residential Life staff will be on hand to describe the building’s amenities. Those attending should enter through the Ellis Avenue entrance.

The new residence hall is a four-story, semi-suite-style facility that will accommodate 300 students. In keeping with the university’s strategic priority for a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly campus, it was built next to the McElroy Residence Community, and is connected by classrooms, the Office of New Student and Family Programs (formerly known as First Year Experience) and gathering spaces.

It is the second new residence hall on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in the last four years.

The 608-bed Julia Sears Residence Community opened in 2008, earning immediate praise from students for its two-bedroom “semi-suite” floor plan, 10-foot ceilings and large windows with sweeping views of the campus mall and the Minnesota River bluffs.

As in Julia A. Sears Hall, the new residence hall has bedrooms with individually controlled air conditioning and heating, tile floors and sound-resistant walls, loftable beds, dressers and desks with lockable drawers, upholstered office chairs, closets, plentiful electrical outlets and dual Internet, telephone and cable TV jacks. It also has a number of environment-friendly features, including water-saving toilets in bathrooms.

The new building’s construction cost is $23.3 million. It was financed with revenue fund bonds and paid for from residence hall room fees. Residence halls are self-supporting; funds to build them come from fees paid by the students who live in them.

The project, in combination with this year’s decommissioning of the Gage Residence Community, is part of the university’s master plan for residence hall renewal and improvement of the pedestrian experience.

For more information about the Margaret R. Preska Residence Community, contact Cindy Janney, director of Residential Life, at 507-389-1011 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with more than 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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