Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Student Life Addition and Remodel

Moorhead, Minnesota

  • FIRM

    YHR Partners, Ltd.


    Minnesota State Community and Technical College

  • AREA

    39,200 sq.ft.





The original 1960s building housed mostly trades-related programs, and subsequent additions accommodated more of the general education, arts and sciences. The existing student commons was situated on the far end of the campus, extremely dated and grossly undersized for its current student population.

The campus challenged the architect to create a new student ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$149.80CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas central to all students to encourage student-faculty interaction, and portray a more collegiate atmosphere.

An existing trades lab central to the campus was selected because of its location and high-volume space. The roof structure at the adjacent corridor was raised to allow the addition of clerestory windows for daylighting. Bright colors and fabrics enliven the space, and a stone fireplace provides a focal point and adds to the cozy, welcoming atmosphere.

A new bookstore/snack bar provides extended service for evening and weekend programs. A multimedia community room off the commons provides ideal space for campus meetings, seminars and community outreach.

The project also included a new trades lab, lecture rooms, and major mechanical and electrical infrastructure upgrades.


“What a nice surprise! A tremendous and creative rebirth of an existing space that creates a warm and welcoming environment that we would love to spend some time in.”--2009 jury