Oren Gateway Center
Oren Gateway Center at Augsburg College creates a distinctive entrance to the college, which was severed from its south-facing neighbors by the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1960s. The building overlooks the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus, energizing a vibrant pedestrian and transit “college corridor” and providing a positive community influence.
A multiuse facility, Oren Gateway Center serves a spectrum of needs. The four-story wing provides 106 units of loft/condo housing with underground parking. A unique, two-story concrete truss system creates an urban loft look and provides column-free, flexible design to other floors. Two of the housing floors are dedicated to Augsburg’s StepUP program, the largest on-campus recovery housing community in the nation. StepUP provides students in recovery from addiction with extra support, meeting space, and a sheltering environment to help them succeed in college.
In addition, the Center provides a blend of innovative retail space, including a branded Barnes & Noble Augsburg Bookstore and a neighborhood café. The Gage Family Art Gallery on the first floor along with community rooms provide neighbors a usable asset in their community.
Housing the college’s MBA program, the Center includes classrooms and administrative spaces. With an outdoor plaza providing a connection to the college’s Lindell Library and Hoversten Chapel, Oren Gateway Center illustrates Augsburg’s mission to combine education, faith, and service.
Size: 117,000 sq. ft.
Components: Student housing; administrative offices; classrooms; art gallery; café; retail space; underground parking garage