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May 15: Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held for New Dining Hall

Facility is expected to open in January 2017.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Press Release, 5-14-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new residential dining hall on campus on Friday, May 15 in the Margaret R. Preska Residence Community.

After a short program inside that included remarks by Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and a presentation on the new dining hall, participants moved outside for the ceremonial groundbreaking, followed by refreshments.

“It’s exciting to be holding this groundbreaking ceremony for the new dining facility as we prepare for construction to begin next month,” said Davenport. “This facility will further demonstrate the University’s commitment to our students by offering a broad menu of fresh, customized meals in a contemporary setting. The building will enhance our environmental stewardship through its state-of-the art sustainability features, including composting of food waste, LED lighting, and heat recovery technology.”

Actual construction on the dining hall is scheduled to begin in June and will conclude in November 2016. The new facility is expected to open in January 2017.

The construction cost for the 60,614-square foot building is estimated to be $25.176 million, with the entire project cost at $31.4 million. The total project is being funded through revenue bonds, supported by the ongoing revenue from student room and board fees.

The new dining hall will have the capability to serve a projected future demand of over 3,000 students in 49,075 gross square feet of residential dining space. The current Carkoski Commons dining facility was designed to serve 1,800 students, but is currently serving 2,857 students in 22,155 gross square feet of residential dining space.

After the new dining hall opens, the vacated space within Carkoski will be available to serve as swing space to support other University renovations. Demolition of Carkoski and subsequent development of the final phase of student housing on this site are planned, but not yet scheduled.

The new residential dining facility pre-design report is available online on Minnesota State Mankato’s Residential Life construction page.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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