Michigan State University Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion

East Lansing, Michigan

Project Size:

100,000 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2019

LEED Status:

Certified LEED New Construction Gold


Education Design, Interior Design

Associate Architect:


Selected Awards

2020 Construction Owners Association of America Project Leadership Awards

Silver Award

The Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion at Michigan State University combines modern teaching facilities with contemporary social spaces. The project unifies and transforms the College of Business into a cohesive complex at the forefront of business education. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot structure introduces a socially-active learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, corporate partners, and alumni to collaborate and launch the next generation of business leaders. Technology integration, classrooms, and flexible spaces seamlessly integrate to promote both academic and professional excellence, suited to problem solving in today’s global marketplace.

The pavilion creates a new front door for Broad College while animating the life of the larger campus. Located within the heart of the campus and along the Red Cedar River, the massing and geometry of the building are intentionally organized along the flood line and create a new connection to the river walk. A central atrium celebrates a sense of arrival, while the amphitheater stairs continue the momentum down to the river, multi-purpose rooms, and outdoor areas. The atrium provides a new hub for Broad College to host college-wide events, recruitment fairs, informal gatherings, and team collaboration. Wrapping around the pavilion, the landscape integrates natural meadows to manage storm water and reestablish a natural habitat along the Red Cedar River.

Classrooms and administrative spaces are dispersed through all levels and are arranged around the central social space. Inspired by Broad College’s team-based community culture, the design weaves together classrooms, laboratories, and social spaces at a variation of scales. These program elements permeate all aspects of the academic experience, with an emphasis on collaborative environments supporting the college’s cutting-edge research curriculum. A skylight and clerestory windows run the full length of the building, filling the space with natural light, encouraging continuous student use for independent study, group projects, and informal meetings. Guided by the principle that interaction outside of the classroom are equally important, the building incorporates a variety of informal and social spaces. These spaces are concentrated at ground level along with a cafe, student lounge, team rooms, garden courtyard, and a terrace with seating steps, opening to the river.

The central community space and atrium is framed by two program “bars” that focus views through the building to the river and the landscape beyond. Corridors overlooking the atrium lead to flat/flexible and tiered/case study classrooms for face-to-face discussions, technology-enabled active learning, and networking. The pavilion’s masonry, glass, and metal exterior express the contemporary functionality of its forward-looking programs while complementing the materials and sensibility of the surrounding campus architecture.