Minnesota State University Mankato, Centennial Student Union Ballroom Renovation

Mankato, Minnesota

  • FIRM

    Kaas Wilson Architects


    Minnesota State Colleges & Universities

  • AREA

    31,098 sq.ft.





As the only remaining unaltered space in the student union, the ballroom underwent a brilliant facelift to bring it into the 21st century.

A new video, sound and lighting system gives the new space capabilities closer to what’s expected in a nightclub than anything on a university campus. It includes a 17-screen ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBDH & Young Space DesignCOST PER SQ FT$135.06FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation video system; a unique lighting system that combines LED wash lights, theatrical lights and linear LED ceiling fixtures; a powerful house sound system; and the ability to connect almost any input device.

Additionally, the renovation includes:

•New high-efficiency HVAC system.

•New roof.

•New ticketing booth and lobby.

•Refinished parquet floors.

•White fabric acoustic walls that double as projection screens.

•Movable acoustic partitions that can divide the space into five sections.

Most important, the ballroom is a great teaching tool. The ballroom acts as a laboratory for the theater department, music majors and students from other departments, as well as a place where they can demonstrate what they are learning in the classroom for multimedia projects, events and concerts.