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Residence Hall in its Final Months
Minnesota State Mankato's Gage Towers will close this fall.
Tim Krohn, Mankato Free Press, 3-10-2012
MANKATO — The need for housing around Minnesota State University will increase when Gage towers are mothballed this fall.
The nearly 50-year- old 12-story towers are an iconic part of the campus and city landscape, home to about 57,000 students over the years and temporary home to Minnesota Vikings during training camp.
With renovation costs pegged at upward of $30 million, MSU several years ago moved to a plan of constructing new residence halls around campus and the demolition of Gage.
“It will be decommissioned in the fall after the Vikings are done with it,” said Paul Corcoran, MSU planning and construction manager.
Removing the building will be done in phases with salvageable items removed, followed by asbestos removal and eventually demolition. No specific timeframe has been set for complete demolition and MSU continues to finalize funding sources.
When Gage and its 1,200 beds are gone, the campus will have about 300 fewer beds. The recently constructed Julia Sears residence hall added 600 beds and the under- construction Preska Hall will have 300 beds.
The net loss of beds also comes as MSU’s enrollment has climbed by about 1,000 students in the past five years to nearly 16,000.
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