Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools started construction on its new high school. IIW Minnesota joined school district leaders, community members and its partner Cuningham Group in May at a groundbreaking ceremony on the site near Oak Ridge Elementary School along Pinecone Road N. in Sartell.
“This groundbreaking continues Sartell’s tradition of excellence in education,” said David Leapaldt, senior architect with IIW Minnesota. “It’s been a privilege to be a part of the team that brought a variety of school leaders and community members together to map out their dream for education and now begin to see it unfold.”
The $89.5-million facility is expected to open for the 2019 school year. Voters approved the $105.8-million bond referendum in May 2016 that also included renovations on other schools to meet growing enrollment needs and create 21st learning environments.
A community visioning committee developed the plan that includes a new 289,000-square-foot high school, remodeling the current high school to a middle school, transforming the existing middle school into an intermediate school for grades 3-5 students, and remodeling two elementary schools.
The remodeling of the existing high school will start design as early as next year with occupancy of the building as a middle school in the summer of 2020.
IIW Minnesota is responsible for all architectural design and structural engineering services at the two elementary schools, and for the majority of the design and structural at the current middle school. IIW Minnesota also serves as the architect of record for these schools.