Interior, looking down the circular stair well at the cable-structured art piece from above
An open, sky-lit circular stair connects all floors of the building, encouraging student interaction while providing views out to the campus and River. A commissioned cable-structured art piece stretches from the base of the stair to skylight
The STSS is prominently sited on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, next to the Weisman Art Museum at the head of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The five-story building acts as a physical and philosophical gateway to the East Bank campus. The bridge is traversed by 15,000 students daily, making it an ideal location for general student services. The building also contains science teaching classrooms, which are clustered on the east side. These are geared towards teaching with technology with raised floors, movable partitions and under-floor air distribution designed to assure maximum flexibility. A more visually open zone on the west side is devoted to the student services program and gathering spaces for students; these spaces offer panoramic views of the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis skyline. The rectilinear eastern fa'ade anchors the building volume and relates to the existing campus, while the fluid western fa'ade addresses circulation paths around the site and the dynamism of the Mississippi River. It is LEED Gold Certified.