South Central College—Faribault Campus, Lower-Level Renovation

Faribault, Minnesota

  • FIRM

    I&S Group, Inc.


    South Central College

  • AREA

    6,082 sq.ft.





With the help of the architect, South Central College undertook an interior remodeling project that re-energized existing office and classroom space and the adjoining corridor, transforming a minimally used basement area into a sought-after student workspace.

The plan was to lay out the office and classroom space in a more functional arrangement that better ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$27.11FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas the work to be done in each space. New technologies, including interactive television components, were integrated for evolving technology requirements, and the need to maintain a flexible and functional space for varied areas.

Perhaps the most noteworthy part of the remodel transformed a simple corridor into an inviting student lounge and high-tech study space. The interior redesign of the area focused on the needs and comfort of students and staff using the space.

The selected lighting is conducive to studying and was chosen specifically to produce a well-lighted, yet calming atmosphere, creating the perfect pre-exam studying location. Additional lighting along the corridor was selected for its ability to simulate “daylight,” providing a higher level of user comfort not previously available in this basement-level location.

The variety of high-top tables and comfortable couches appeals to groups and individuals, and new sustainable finishes throughout create a functional, timeless look that is safe for users and the environment.