Building for the Next Generation

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St. John’s University, Learning Common and Bible Gallery


Project Description

Addition of a Learning Commons to the existing library. This Learning Commons was designed be a place where students can get advice from experts on research strategies, media production, writing skills, and computer applications; access noteworthy collections; use state-of-the-art information technology to create new knowledge; and develop creative new collaborations with faculty and students. The Learning Commons provides a range of spaces suited to the learning preferences and different needs of the students, such as: collaborative space, quiet areas for solitary work, and tables to spread out work. The space has classrooms for courses which draw upon library resources and a coffee bar for informal meetings. The Learning Commons facilitates discovery of information in all its forms, reinforces the emphasis of community interaction, and supports student growth and success. The addition also has a deck off the upper level across from the coffee bar that views St. John's Abbey Church and Bell Tower.


Collegeville, MN


McGough has been building, renovating, remodeling and expanding educational facilities for more than 60 years. We feel honored to have had the opportunity to construct many of the places – classrooms, science laboratories, libraries, student housing, and recreational and performing arts facilities – where students’ lives have been, and continue to be, shaped for generations to come.

Contact Dan Malecha or Dan McKay to learn more.

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Dan McKay

Vice President, Higher Education

Dan Malecha

Regional Vice President, Minnesota