Learning Design in Action Facilities Construction
(April 24, 2020) -- Districtwide Construction Update
The District’s Facility Core Team met virtually on Friday, April 17 to get an update on current and summer construction projects from Facilities Manager Tom Bravo.
With the recent news that schools will be engaging students through distance learning for the remainder of the school year, several construction projects that were scheduled to start in early June, will now begin in mid-May.
More information will be shared throughout the Spring and Summer, but here are some important pieces of information at this time:
- Peter Hobart Elementary, Susan Lindgren Elementary and the Middle School will be closed to the public from May 18 through August 28.
- Exterior work has begun at Central Community Center. The west side of the building that formerly housed Park Spanish Immersion as well as the entire basement level will be closed as of June 5.
- The gymnastics gym will not be in use this summer, however, the pool and upper gymnasium at Central will remain open. Construction work on the Central Clinic is expected to be completed by May 8.
- High School construction projects involving the Auditorium and the Main Gymnasium will begin on May 18.
- Fencing has been put up around the perimeter of the Middle School site and will remain up for the next 13-15 months as construction work begins on the new Performing Arts Space, the new Cafeteria and elsewhere. Any families or staff entering the Middle School between now and May 18 will need to use the alternate entrance that has been constructed near the center of the front of the building.
- Other summer projects include replacing a rooftop unit at Aquila Elementary; replacing a cooling unit at Lenox Community Center, and roofing work at Peter Hobart, Susan Lindgren and the High School.
(October 21, 2019) -- District Hosts Parade of Schools Event on Saturday, October 26
In November 2017, St. Louis Park voters overwhelmingly approved a $100.9 million bond referendum to help St. Louis Park Public Schools address increasing enrollment, aging facilities and a need for flexible learning spaces to accommodate next century learning.
The school district is currently in the middle of four years of construction that will conclude in 2021. When construction is completed, the facility improvements will benefit ALL learners from our youngest, to our seniors in high school, to our adults and seniors in community education classes.
The October 26, 2019, Parade of Schools event showcases the work that has been completed. We invite you to visit Aquila Elementary School (8500 West 31st Street), Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School (9400 Cedar Lake Road South), and St. Louis Park High School (6425 West 33rd Street).
Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School is where visitors will see the biggest transformation after the District renovated the building formerly known as Cedar Manor School (constructed in 1957). Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the school’s new main office, cafeteria, media center, and Makers Space. Visitors will also have an opportunity to walk inside renovated classrooms that were designed for next century learning. These classrooms feature flexible and dynamic learning spaces, new technology, and spaces for small group and independent learning.
At Aquila Elementary School, the classrooms have also been renovated for next century learning. Don’t miss out on touring the Aquila Media Center, which has been completely renovated to create new learning opportunities. The school’s kitchen also received important updates as the District continues to move in a direction that will allow the School Nutrition Department to provide our students with more healthy and nutritious meals.
At the High School, construction is ongoing and will continue through 2021. As part of the Parade of Schools event, we are pleased to be able to showcase the new Main Office, Student Services, and Health Services offices on the Northwest side of the building adjacent to West 33rd Street. Future Parade of Schools events will showcase more projects at the High Schools including the new Fitness Center/ Weight Room, new Locker Rooms, new Dining Commons and new Link and Learning Commons.
All of our facilities work – completed and upcoming – is driven by our Mission Statement, which states: As a caring, diverse community with a tradition of putting its children first, we will ensure all students attain their highest level of achievement; prepare all students to contribute to society; offer high quality opportunities for lifelong learning; provide multiple pathways to excellence; challenge all learners to meet high standards; and provide a safe and nurturing environment that energizes and enhances the spirit.
We hope you enjoy the Parade of Schools!
(August 8, 2019) -- Summer 2019 Facilities Update
A number of construction projects are taking place during the summer months at Aquila Elementary School, Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School, St. Louis Park Middle School, and St. Louis Park High School. Many of these projects will be completed before the first day of school on September 3, 2019, while other projects are ongoing. Below is a short video summarizing the work that is being done this summer. More information about construction projects can be be found online at www.slpschools.org/facilities.
Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School
Construction is nearly complete at Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School, which will move into the building formerly known as Cedar Manor School at 9400 Cedar Lake Road in mid-August.
Exterior construction included moving the main entrance from the upper parking lot to the lower parking lot on the East side of the building. With the front entry move, the main office will also move down to the lower level adjacent to the new entry.
A new bus loop has been constructed on the North side of the building, near where a new playground is being installed.
Renovations touched almost every square foot of the interior of the school including the classrooms, media center, cafeteria, multi-purpose rooms, and collaborative spaces for student services.
All classrooms have been renovated for next century learning including new furniture, technology, lighting, carpet and paint.
The school’s kitchen and cafeteria have been renovated to allow for more nutritious and made-from-scratch meals.
The school will have a new media center and makerspace with new furniture, technology, lighting, carpet and paint.
St. Louis Park High School
The space formerly occupied by the District Office on the northwest side of the High School adjacent to West 33rd Street is being reconfigured and renovated to fit the needs of the High School Administration.
The space will house the principal, assistant principals, the Student Office staff, the counseling staff, the Health Office staff, and the School Resource Officer. A new main entry is also being created adjacent to the current loading dock.
This project will not only allow for a more efficient work environment for High School Administration, but it will also free up space within the High School for more classroom and learning space. The project is expected to be completed before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Construction also continues on the High School locker rooms. When completed, the new locker rooms will feature a new layout, lockers, flooring, lighting, toilets, sinks, showers, and branding. There will also be new and improved storage areas, team rooms, and coaches offices, as well as a new common athletic training room. The project is expected to be completed before the start of the fall 2019 athletic season.
Construction is also underway on the expansion of the High School weight room and fitness center. This project is expected to be completed in January of 2020.
Work also continues on the High School tennis courts, which will be available for use during the girls’ tennis season this fall.
St. Louis Park Middle School
Construction is now underway on the South side of the Middle School where renovations of the Media Center and classroom additions will take place from now through January 2020.
When completed, the Media Center will feature a new layout with updated technology, furniture, lighting, carpet and paint.
Above the Media Center will be a new wing of classrooms that will fully connect the second floor hallways.
The Media Center will be relocated for the first semester of the 2019-20 school year during this phase of construction. It will temporarily be located in a double classroom in the art hallway.
The Middle School Health Office has been renovated to better serve students and families and will be operational by the start of the school year.
Aquila Elementary School
Aquila Elementary School has been closed during the summer months for a number of construction projects. All of the school’s classrooms are being renovated for next century learning including upgrades to furniture, technology, lighting, carpet, and paint. These new flexible and dynamic learning spaces will benefit all learners in many ways.
Also under construction this summer at Aquila is the school’s kitchen and media center. Kitchen renovations will allow the school to serve more nutritious and made-from-scratch meals. Renovations in the media center include a new floor plan, updated furniture, technology, flooring, lighting and paint, a new testing area, and an updated computer lab.
(March 5, 2019) -- Spring and Summer 2019 Facilities Update
A number of construction projects are scheduled to take place during the Spring and Summer months of 2019 related to the bond referendum that was passed in November of 2017. District buildings where construction will take place this Spring and Summer include the High School, Middle School, Aquila Elementary School and Cedar Manor/Park Spanish Immersion School.High School Offices ConstructionConstruction will begin in early April on the space formerly occupied by the District Office on the northwest side of the High School adjacent to West 33rd Street.The space will be reconfigured to fit the needs of the High School Administration and will house the Principal and Assistant Principals, the Student Office staff, the Counseling Office staff, the Health Office staff, and the School Resource Officer. The project will also create a new “main entry” adjacent to the current loading dock.This project will not only allow a more efficient work environment for High School Administration, but it will also free up space within the High School for more classroom and learning space.Fencing will be put up around the construction zone and there will be no access in the old District Office main door that faces West 33rd Street. The 17 parking stalls adjacent to the old District Office main door will also be unavailable to the public during the construction project, which has an anticipated completion date of August 30, 2019.Students, staff, and families will still be able to enter the parking lot at the intersection of West 33rd Street and Florida Avenue to access student and staff parking, as well as the drop-off and pick-up area outside the Student Office.High School Athletic Facilities ConstructionConstruction is scheduled to begin in mid-March at St. Louis Park High School as the school’s locker rooms will be completely renovated. When completed, the new locker rooms will feature new lockers, flooring, lighting, toilets, sinks, showers, and branding. There will also be new and improved storage areas, team rooms, and coaches offices, as well as a new common athletic training room.Beginning Monday, March 11, there will be no access to the High School locker rooms, training room and pool due to construction. There will also be no access in or out of Door #11, which faces out toward Dakota Avenue. Several parking spaces adjacent to Door #11 will also be unavailable during the project, which has an expected completion date of August 5, 2019.Students and families will still be able to drive through the area adjacent to Door #11 to get to the Activity entrance for drop-off and pick-up. High School spring athletes are encouraged to use their assigned High School hall locker to store equipment and other athletic gear. If additional space is needed, athletes will be able to use the Athletic Office to store equipment during the school day.The large bathrooms between the Athletic Office and the Fieldhouse, which are usually locked, will be opened after school for athletes to use to change clothes if necessary. The certified athletic trainers office will be temporarily moved into the main gymnasium until construction is complete.The synchronized swimming team will use the pools at the Middle School and Central Community Center while the High School pool is unavailable for use.The expansion of the High School weight room/fitness center project is currently out for bid. While construction for this project is expected to start in May, it will not impact students, activities, or the school day in any way.The High School tennis courts will also be renovated during the spring and summer months. The boys’ high school tennis teams will practice and host matches at alternate city courts this spring season.Cedar Manor/PSI Project Progressing and on ScheduleConstruction projects at Cedar Manor School are progressing as expected and are on schedule. Park Spanish Immersion School will move to the renovated space in mid to late August prior to the 2019-20 school year.Demolition work is 100 percent complete at the site, while studding and sheetrock work is approximately 60 percent complete. The foundation work is also complete on the new entryway that is being constructed on the east side of the building adjacent to the lower parking lot.Along with the renovations inside the building, work will continue through the summer months on the new bus loop and outdoor playgrounds.Construction on South Side of Middle School to Begin in MayConstruction will begin on the Middle School Media Center renovation and classroom addition on the far south side of the building in early May. The part of the project being completed this spring involves building the outer shell of the addition. No demolition or interior renovations will take place until June and so there will be limited impact to students and the school day this spring.The project runs through the summer and fall of 2019 and is expected to be completed in January of 2020. During the first four months (September through December) of the 2019-20 school year, the south end of the building will be closed off from students and staff and the Media Center will be moved to a temporary location within the building.When the project is completed, the Middle School will have a state-of-the-art Media Center and seven new classrooms on the second floor of the south side of the building.Summer Construction Scheduled at Aquila; Susan Lindgren Playground ConstructionAquila Elementary School will be closed during the summer of 2019 as a number of construction projects begin inside the building. All of the school’s classrooms will be renovated including upgrades to furniture, lighting, carpet, paint and technology. The school’s media center and kitchen will also be renovated during the summer.These construction projects are expected to be completed by August 15, 2019. With Aquila closed during June, July and part of August, the elementary summer school program will be moved to Peter Hobart Elementary School for 2019.At Susan Lindgren Elementary School, a new inclusive playground will be constructed during the summer months with an expected completion date of August 15, 2019. There will be no access for the public to the Susan Lindgren playground while the project is taking place.Also taking place during the summer months of 2019 will be the completion of the parking lot renovations at Lenox Community Center.
(November 28, 2018) -- Construction Begins at Cedar Manor Site Ahead of PSI Move
The St. Louis Park Public Schools School Board approved a bid at its Monday, November 26 Business Meeting for $8.4 million in construction projects at the Cedar Manor school site. Construction projects will begin immediately in preparation for Park Spanish Immersion School’s move to the site in August of 2019. Some of the projects that will occur over the next nine months include:
- New Secure Entry
- Classroom Upgrades
- Technology Upgrades
- Buildingwide Renovations
- Kitchen/Cafeteria Renovations
- Playground Renovations
- Parking Lot Reconfiguration
The District is proud to announce that 30% of the projects were awarded to companies that are either considered small businesses or owned by women and/ or minorities. The District is partnering with the City of St. Louis Park on the playground renovations.
All construction work at the new PSI site will be completed in August in advance of the 2019- 20 school year. You can follow the progress of the construction at the new PSI site online at www.slpschools.org/facilities.
(November 28, 2018) -- Construction to Begin Soon on Future High School Offices
Construction will begin in January on the space formerly occupied by District Office staff on the northwest end of the High School building. The space is being remodeled to accommodate the needs of High School office staff including the Principal’s Office, the Student Office, the Counseling Office and others.
The remodeling of the former District Office space will be completed in August of 2019, before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The spaces currently occupied by those High School administrative offices will be remodeled into classroom space to accommodate the school’s growing enrollment. This construction project is scheduled to begin in the Summer of 2020.
(September 14, 2018) -- Middle School Proposed Construction Designs Unveiled
The Middle School facilities improvements took another step forward recently as the District hosted a neighborhood meeting on Thursday, September 13, as part of the conditional use permit (CUP) process, required by the City of St. Louis Park.
Construction on several of these projects will begin in late May of 2019. Specific details about the construction will be forthcoming.
Click here to view photos of proposed construction designs at the Middle School.