Southern Minnesota Verizon Wireless Center
From outside his Mankato office window, ISG Project Manager Justin Steffl watched as the final punchlist items were completed for the Verizon Wireless Center construction. Before renovations, all events hosted at the Verizon Wireless Center were held in the arena space that also served as home to the NCAA Division 1 Minnesota State University (MSU) Maverick Hockey Team. Now, the multi-facility center offers a newly designed event/expo space for up to 2,800 attendees, eloquent lobby and banquet room, conference rooms, supporting spaces, and a permanent location for the MSU Hockey coaching staff and team. The new, high-end design puts MSU Hockey in-stride with its Division 1 peer institutions and will play a key role recruiting and retaining top players within the program.
The team’s plans included designs for a retractable acoustic band shell for orchestras and other concert events, retractable bleachers, state of the art green room for performers, an acoustically tuned auditorium space with full video capabilities, and large overhead garage doors in the event center allowing for boat, car, and other large product shows. While Mankato already has landed itself on the Forbes best list for its vibrant culture and community, the Verizon Wireless Center positively adds to the street cred in this progressive area of southern Minnesota – the birthplace of ISG.