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Space updates

On Feb. 13, 2023, the MSU community experienced violence at two campus locations, Berkey Hall and the MSU Union. Three students lost their lives and five more were critically injured. In the immediate aftermath, both locations were closed to the public. 

The MSU Union re-opened in April 2023 and Berkey Hall opened its doors to faculty and staff in Fall 2023. Below is information regarding renovations at those locations.


Berkey Hall

Berkey Hall, except for the first-floor classrooms in the north wing, reopened in Fall 2023. In Spring 2024, classroom instruction returned to Berkey Hall.

Computer-generated image of a lounge space with chairs and tables. The first floor of the north wing remains closed and will no longer house classroom spaces. MSU’s design team worked closely with trauma-informed experts as part of the planning process, and most importantly, directly impacted families and individuals were provided opportunities to review plans and offer feedback. 

Renovation of the wing will begin April 1, 2024, from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. This is outside of business hours to limit any disruption to those working and learning in the building. Starting in summer, the building will be closed for classes and events as work continues.

The plans for the first floor of the north wing include the reconfiguration of the impacted and surrounding classrooms into an open space for individuals to gather and engage as well as the addition of small-group meeting rooms, a reflection room, single-occupant accessible restrooms and a personal health room. The remaining classrooms will be repurposed to serve as space for the College of Social Science Scholars program and as administrative offices for student services for the College of Social Science.

Plan were being made for renovations to other academic spaces in Berkey Hall prior to Feb. 13, 2023. This work has been moved up to align with the work being done this summer on the first floor.


MSU Union

The MSU Union re-opened in April 2023, though the former food court area has remained closed.

Design mock-up of a room in a box. With input from a broad range of stakeholders, including the families of those most impacted as well as current students and several key university units, plans have been developed to modernize the public area of the food court while maintaining a space that provides a peaceful setting for individuals to gather, engage, relax, study or socialize.

The area will be walled off beginning March 25, 2024 and throughout construction. At times demolition work will be noisy; MSU apologizes for any disruption to employees and visitors.

The public area renovation will be complete during the summer of 2024. There will be no dining options available at this time.

Additionally, the Office for Resource Support and Coordination is in discussions with the families of the students lost regarding how they want their loved ones memorialized in these spaces. More information will be available when ready.