MCTC Plans $10M Expansion of Student Center
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) plans to renovate and expand its student center for an estimated cost of $10 million, a spokesperson from the school confirmed Wednesday.
The Helland Center, located on the college's 21.6-acre campus in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, will be adding 15,800 square feet of space, in addition to revamping an existing 21,200 square feet.
Designed by Duluth-based LHB and Milwaukee-based Workshop Architects, the renovation includes the addition of new and improved student lounges, office spaces, meeting rooms, a convenience store, and a cafÅ½ with a coffee shop and a juice bar.
The center currently houses student lounges, offices for faculty and staff, a health clinic, and a theater. The health clinic will expand from two to eight rooms. A multi-use community space will open to Loring Park-making the Minneapolis park more accessible from the center.
The college is yet to decide on a construction company for the project, which is slated to be completed by the end of next year.
MCTC is a public two-year college that enrolls more than 14,500 students annually. The college was created in 1996, under the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) umbrella.