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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Renewal of the Residence Communities on the North Side of Campus

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Renewal of the Residence Communities on the North Side of Campus

Margaret R Preska Residence Community (working title: Phase 2A)


The four-story Margaret R. Preska Residence Community will provide semi-suite style housing for 300 students when it opens in Fall 2012.  This building is the first of three phases that will provide a new face for the existing residence communities, creating public space on a main floor pedestrian pathway that allows all Crawford, McElroy and Preska residents to travel to the dining hall on an indoor route.  The main floor will include classrooms, the First Year Experience office, a welcome desk and gathering spaces.  Student residential spaces are on floors two, three and four.  The semi-suite units consist of two bedrooms connected by a bathroom.  Amenities include individually controlled air conditiong and heating, loftable beds, dressers and desks with lockable drawers, rolling desk chairs, closets, plentiful electrical outlets, cable tv, and both wired and wireless internet service.  Additional parking spaces were added in Lot 14 prior to construction of the Preska Residence Community.  Sustainability features of the building include daylight and occupancy sensors to control lighting, dual-flush toilets, impact-resistant drywall, low-E glass, and native plants in the landscape.

The Gage Residence community is being decommissioned upon completion of the Margaret R. Preska Residence Community.

Phase 2B: Dining and Health Services

Scheduled to open by 2016, Phase 2B will replace the functions in the Carkoski Commons building, which is slated for decommissioning and demolition so the site is available for the final phase of housing in this neighborhood.

Phase 2C

Phase 2C includes 320 residence hall beds on floors two, three and four, and public functions on the main level.  Public functions include a convenience store and grill, a student Leadership Resource Center, the Crawford front desk and lobby and the Residential Life office.  Scheduled for completion in 2020, this phase provides full indoor connections between Crawford, McElroy, Preska, the dining hall, and Health Services as well as outdoor gathering and activity space.