The Itasca Community College Foundation, the nonprofit entity that partners with the College to support and strengthen the college’s role in serving the educational needs of its students, has selected the Minneapolis-based architecture firm of Bentz, Thompson and Rietow to design and begin work on the $4.9 million McMahon Student Center.

The McMahon Student Center will provide a welcome home on campus for students and their groups. The 10,000 square-foot center envisions an environment that keeps students active and connected throughout all seasons.

“This is an exciting step forward in a project that promises to enhance the student experience and promote an even stronger sense of community here at ICC,” said Provost Bart Johnson. “This new space is the first of several phases in our master plan to serve students and the community in to the future.”

The $4.9 million construction project will be funded entirely by philanthropy. “With the selection of the architect, we’re one step closer to seeing the McMahon Student Center come to life. We’ve been thrilled by the community’s generous response to the Beyond the Classroom Campaign so far—donors have already given and pledged $4 million toward our $4.9 million goal. We’re confident that the community and ICC alumni recognize the importance of this project and will help us successfully complete the campaign.”

Bentz, Thompson and Rietow is an award-winning architecture, interior architecture, and urban design firm with a broad-based emphasis on Higher Education, Community Service and Worship projects. Their projects include work at Metropolitan State University, Bemidji State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

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