Michigan State University Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion

East Lansing, Michigan

Project Size:

100,000 square feet

Project Status:

Anticipated Completion 2019

LEED Status:

Targeting LEED New Construction Gold

Associate Architect:


The Broad College of Business Pavilion transforms the decades-old existing facility into a cohesive complex at the forefront of modern business education. The new 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. Suited to problem solving in today’s global marketplace, technology, classrooms and flexible spaces seamlessly integrate to promote both academic and professional excellence.

Site and Program
The pavilion creates a new front door for Broad College, which further animates the life of the larger campus. Located within the heart of the campus and along the Red Cedar River, the building creates a strong connection between Shaw Lane and the river walk. A central atrium celebrates this sense of arrival, while amphitheater stairs continue the momentum down to the café, multi-purpose rooms, and outdoor areas. The atrium provides a new focus for Broad College to host college-wide events and recruitment fairs, as well as informal interaction and team collaboration. Wrapping around the pavilion, the landscape integrates rain gardens and natural meadows to manage storm water and reestablish natural habitat along the river.

Celebrating Broad College’s team-based community culture, the design weaves together classrooms, laboratories and social spaces at a variety 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 plus clerestory windows run the full length of the building to fill the space with natural light, encouraging continuous student use for independent study, group projects, and informal meetings.

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

Integrated Project Delivery
This project exemplifies the benefits of integrated project delivery (IPD). LMN worked closely with the owner (MSU), user (Broad College of Business), local architect and engineer of record (FTCH), contractor (Clark Construction), and key construction trades to reach consensus-based decisions under a multi-party contract. Lean design processes and integrated thinking generated significant savings that were parlayed into project enhancements—delivering added value with reduced risks.