MSU, Mankato Opens its Latest and Greatest Student Housing Development
A Home to MSU, Mankato Students + Professional Athletes Alike
After serving as the student housing staple at Minnesota State University, Mankato for almost 50 years, both Gage Towers were demolished to make room for additional parking on campus. The buildings, which lacked air conditioning and were notorious for their dated interiors, used to also house the Minnesota Vikings football team while they attended the annual training camp in Mankato.
Dear to the history of the college but not particularly as “swanky” as some NFL celebrities may be accustomed to, the Vikings have since moved their summer housing to the newest and most exciting student housing spot in town: The Quarters.
Mankato State University’s MV(S)P: Most Valuable (Student) Property
Hometown firm ISG helped the developer of The Quarters take student housing to a new level. These new units offer on-site recreational opportunities, unique and spacious layouts, and amenities not found in other student housing communities in the region. A pool and clubhouse provide a resort-like setting for the eight residential buildings that include 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments designed as flat and town-home style layouts. Each unit has a washer and dryer, kitchen island, granite counter tops, and snack bar. All bedrooms feature a private bathroom and walk-in closet. Residents also enjoy outdoor living space with a patio or balcony and views of a wooded area or pond on the 13-acre site.
As for the Vikings? Well, these new digs are more like a vacation spot than a summer-camp bunk. We’re confident the change is welcomed.
Game-Winning Design + Convenience
Being a gated community provides an added sense of security for residents, and keeps the Vikings players safe and secluded from the some 100,000 fans who travel to training camp each year. To enhance privacy and convenience for residents, maintenance personnel are able to access all HVAC and utility equipment without having to enter the residential units. Located on a public transportation route, the development also provides easy access to the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.
Since the property is located adjacent to another development with existing covenants, the developers coordinated additional requirements including larger setbacks, an eight-foot berm, and development around an existing water main easement that runs through the property. Meanwhile, site designs preserved 90% of an existing wooded area and other large mature trees to further beautify the site.
Sure, Mankato is happy to provide Vikings players and staff an updated and improved place to stay while they’re in town. But the real winners here are the students, and that’s just the way we like to play.