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September 8, 2014
Kraus-Anderson completes $73 million high school for Alexandria School District
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (September 2014) – Just in time for the new school year, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA) has completed a $73 million senior high school for the Alexandria (Minnesota) School District. The new school, located at 50th Avenue & Pioneer Road in Alexandria, will house 1,400 students, bringing the 9th graders into the high school, replacing the district’s Jefferson High School, initially built in 1957.
The 280,000-square-foot school has two 3-story academic wings with 36 classrooms, 12 learning spaces for small and large groups, science labs, technology and engineering lab, art rooms, media center and special education classrooms.
The building was designed to be a flexible learning environment.
“Not knowing what education is going to look like five years from now or 15 years from now, we needed to make the building adaptable,” said Trevor Peterson, director of business services for the district. “Flexible learning spaces, collaborative learning spaces and a 3-story commons area all provide the opportunity to change as education paradigms shift on us.”
The new facility features new athletic fields and a stadium, activities wing with a 5-court gymnasium, 1,000-seat auditorium, dedicated wrestling room, fitness lab and performing arts wing with dedicated music spaces, kitchen and cafeteria.
Designed by Cuningham Group Architects, the open environment and other elements mirror popular design trends in corporate offices that have a crisp, streamlined look, including the use of DIRTT walls — modular wall panels that can be removed and replaced with whiteboard, tackboards, glass or opaque glass as needs change.
Built to LEED Silver standards, the school’s energy efficiency systems include a central HVAC control system and abundant daylighting.
The new facility will also host activities and events for the public and community organizations.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. KA continues to lead the field of regional K-12 construction projects and is currently ranked 7th in the nation in the construction of K-12 facilities by Building Design and Construction magazine. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot and Bismarck N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.