MCTC Plans $10M Expansion of Student Center

The project will add nearly 16,000 square feet to the Helland Center, located in downtown Minneapolis.

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 cafŽ 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.