Shaped by the River. Built with Science.

Fluidity and Structure. Transparency and Opacity. Sustainability and Science.

Welcome to the Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS), a unique study in balance, engineering and eco-development. Influenced by the Mississippi River, it stands as an icon to the University of Minnesota’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Located on a bluff, the philosophy behind the planning and design of STSS is to strengthen the relationship between our built environment and the river; a building of the river, not a building on the river. A strong connection has formed between our institution and this natural resource that has not only defined our geography, but also symbolizes our environmental impact.