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St. Cloud State University unveils ambitious campus renovation plan to improve green space and efficiency

(KNSI) – St. Cloud State University is planning a major overhaul of its campus over the next 15 years.

St. Cloud State University

According to the school’s administration, the campus has more building square feet per student than any other Minnesota State institution, so looking to remove several of the older vacant, closed or underutilized buildings and bulldozing the structures will allow for more green space and create a park-like environment in the heart of the campus. The plan will eliminate the cost of maintaining the unused space.

St. Cloud State University

Over the next five years, SCSU also plans to adapt the campus layout and eliminate vacant, closed and underutilized spaces, including demolishing old residences and academic buildings, and instead focus on creating green spaces and walkways throughout the school grounds. The university will begin implementing the new comprehensive facilities plan in the coming months. The university will remove additional identified buildings over the next six to 15 years.

Some SCSU upgrades include a possible new science, technology, engineering, art, manufacturing (STEAM) facility, apartment-style housing, renovation of buildings on campus, and additional walkways and parking initiatives across campus.

Enrollment has fallen from its peak of 18,300 in 2010 to just over 10,000 in 2023. Today, enrollment is closer to what it was in the 1960s, but the campus footprint has not been adjusted. SCSU officials say the ambitious plan will create a more vibrant and connected campus environment.

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