Science Teaching and Student Services Center (Bruininks Hall)

University of Minnesota

The new Science Teaching and Student Services Center (STSS) is a symbol of the University of Minnesota’s commitment to the student experience, reinforcing its mission to become one of the nation’s finest public institutions for the teaching of science.

Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, opposite the Weisman Art Museum, the new center is an emblem of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mississippi River region’s renaissance. The new building creates a welcoming gateway from the city to the University’s East Bank Campus, and provides dedicated spaces for studying, social interaction, and one-stop student services. With wastewater and urban heat island reduction measures, as well as plentiful natural light and energy-efficient design, the project achieved LEED Gold certification and met all of the state’s sustainable design guidelines.

The five-story building is organized with a bar of classrooms on the east, and a zone of informal student study and meeting spaces on the west side that offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis skyline. The student services center is at the pedestrian bridge deck level, with offices and interview rooms at other levels. The programming allows considerable sharing of space on most floors, with open public circulation areas and a dramatic circular stair connecting all floors. Teaching spaces are designed to assure maximum flexibility in layouts ranging from traditional tiered classrooms to interactive project-based teaching configurations.


Minneapolis, MN, USA


University of Minnesota


Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson (Architect of Record)




10,700 m2 / 115,000 ft2




Design Award: Higher Education University (PCI 2011), Illumination Award, Energy and Environmental Lighting Design – Award of Excellence- (IES 2011), Merit Award: Structural (Minnesota Concrete Council Awards 2010), Building Excellence – First Place (Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota 2010)

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Project Type:Education
Project Location:Americas