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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Space Distribution Concepts

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Trafton Science Center/Academic

Trafton Science Center consists of four components: East, North, Center and South. The latter three were constructed in the 1970s. East is a more recent addition. The original facilities, 30 years old, are in need of renovation and upgrading to meet current science curricular requirements. In addition, the mechanical system is inadequate and uses an excessive amount of energy. There are several options available to the University: one is complete renovation. A major renovation of the complex would require the lab facilities to be off-line for longer than an academic year requiring the construction of a temporary facility to maintain courses. However, a temporary facility would need to contain all of the components being renovated. In short: a new science facility. In addition the cost of a major renovation would be close to that of new construction.

The second option is replacement leaving the existing complex as surplus to be removed or renovated. Renovation to serve other non-science programs would be difficult given the specific program of the original design and the structural limitations of the building.

A third option would be the construction of a new science addition on the opposite side of Trafton East. This would facilitate the renovation of the complex in stages. The program for the proposed addition would be such that when the full project is complete a portion of the existing facility would serve other, non-science needs. The final use of the non-lab component would serve as a home for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The proposed new science wing required to begin the phased renovation of Trafton would be approximately 90,100 Gross Square Feet in size.

A complete understanding of the options identified above is beyond the scope of the study. However, carrying forth the recommended third option as part of the Master Plan is reasonable to identify an order-of-magnitude cost and a site location.

Social and Behavioral Science

Upon completion of the new science addition to the Trafton Complex, a portion of the newly renovated facility would be dedicated to the following programs.

Anthropology 3,700 NASF
Economics 3,100 NASF
Ethnic and Women's Studies 1,300 NASF
Geography 5,200 NASF
Gerontology 500 NASF
History 3,300 NASF
Political Science 3,300 NASF
Law Enforcement 1,200 NASF
Psychology 19,400 NASF
Social Work 2,900 NASF
Sociology and Corrections 6,300 NASF
Urban and Regional Studies 2,300 NASF
Women's Studies 1,700 NASF
Social Studies 400 NASF
Total Net Assignable Square Footage 54,600 NASF
@Net to Gross Multiplier of 1.65
Total Gross Square Footage 90,100 GSF

Academic 2 - Allied Health and Nursing

This new facility will house Allied Health and Nursing programs, currently distributed throughout 5 different buildings. Included in the program are two clinics requiring easy access by the public. The proposed facility will be located at Ellis and South Roads between Morris Hall and the Otto Arena. The proposed program and corresponding net assignable area is listed below:

Dental Education 4,500 NASF
Family Consumer Science 24,200 NASF
Health Science 5,800 NASF
Nursing 16,500 NASF
Recreation, Parks and Leisure Service 5,600 NASF
Rehab Counseling 2,300 NASF
General Classrooms 10,500 NASF
Total net Assignable Square Footage 71,000 NASF
@ Net to Gross Multiplier of 1.65
Total Gross Square Footage 117,200 GSF

[PDF] Wigley Administration (142 KiB)

Wigley, contiguous with the Centennial Student Union, is a good location for student-related services. Designed as an Administration building it remains a good location for the President and his senior staff. However there are back-room business office functions that do not require such a high profile, central location. Moving these functions to Wiecking, on the periphery of campus would allow for relocation and expansion of student service functions. In addition, relocation of certain programs currently within the facility will improve student access. The program changes should be done in coordination and conjunction with the proposed changes to the Centennial Student Union.

First Floor

The First Floor becomes the home for a "One-Stop-Shop" student services center with the following programs:

Registrar 4,900 NASF
Financial Aid 4,000 NASF
Student Financial Services 1,500 NASF
Student Advising

Second Floor

Career Development can be expanded and the TRIO and Upward Bound programs relocated from Wiecking. Space vacated by the Business Office remains unassigned and can be used for surge space as other areas are being renovated.

Career Development 5,600 NASF
Upward Bound 1,900 NASF
Unassigned 4,600 NASF

Third Floor

Changes to this floor include an expansion of the Presidents Suite and the Academic Affairs office. The Institutional Research offices will be relocated and expanded to the space vacated by Human Resources.

President's Office 2,200 NASF
Academic Affairs 1,100 NASF
Institutional Research 1,400 NASF

[PDF] Wiecking (67 KiB)

Wieckings location on the periphery of the campus and separated from the academic core by residence halls makes it a good location for "back room" business functions, human resources and physical plant offices. However it currently houses a number of academic functions. With the proposed construction of a new academic facility the academic programs can be relocated providing an opportunity to free up space in other facilities for expansion and relocation of appropriate functions. Unassigned space in Wiecking can be used for grant-driven programs that have a short life. The unassigned space can also be used for temporary location of programs during renovations to other campus facilities.

Business Office 5,000 NASF
Purchasing 900 NASF
Equal Opportunity & Title IX 500 NASF
Disability Services 500 NASF
Human Resources 2,000 NASF
Unassigned Space 8,000 NASF

[PDF] Armstrong Hall (243 KiB)

Armstrong is currently one of the central academic facilities on campus and houses many programs in need of expansion. Physical issues of the facility include undersized offices, poor mix of classroom sizes and an inadequate heating and ventilation system. In addition the basement of the facility has water infiltration and ventilation problems. A top-to-bottom renovation of the building, including a new mechanical system and reconfiguration of the floor plans can bring the building to a usable state. The following program allocation brings together the School of Education programs and will give a physical identity to the Education program on campus.

Business Education 1,100 NASF
Technology Education 120 NASF
Counseling and Student Personnel 5,700 NASF
Curriculum and Instruction 13,600 NASF
Education Foundations 2,700 NASF
Education Leadership 5,700 NASF
Special Education 3,400 NASF
Military Science 400 NASF
English 9,900 NASF
Humanities 120 NASF
Modern Languages/Philosophy 3,700 NASF
Philosophy 1,100 NASF
Speech Communication 4,000 NASF
Open Computer Labs 5,000 NASF
General Classrooms 14,900 NASF
Unassignable (basement) 16,700 NASF
Total Net Assignable Square Footage 88,140 NASF
Total Available 88,100 NASF

[PDF] Morris Hall (158 KiB)

With the relocation of several programs to the proposed Academic 1 and Academic 2 facilities the remaining programs can be expanded. The programs to remain in Morris and their expanded square footage are listed below:

Accounting 8,800 NASF
Business Law 2,000 NASF
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 3,800 NASF
Management 3,300 NASF
Marketing 2,500 NASF
International Business 700 NASF
Printing Services 400 NASF
Development 120 NASF
Honors Program 120 NASF
Minnesota State 1,200 NASF
Open Computer Lab, Conference, Seminar 7,200 NASF
General Classrooms 6,060 NASF
Total Net Assignable Square Footage 36,200 NASF

[PDF] Wissink Center (153 KiB)

Decentralizing computer labs to existing and proposed Academic facilities will allow for the relocation of academic programs from Wiecking and the expansion of existing remaining programs.

Computer and Information Sciences 12,100 NASF
Interior Design and Construction Mgmt. 5,000 NASF
Open Computer Labs 6,000 NASF
General Classrooms 16,900 NASF
Total Net Assignable Square Footage 40,000 NASF

[PDF] Memorial Library (125 KiB)

[PDF] Nelson Hall (116 KiB)