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February 4, 2013
Kraus-Anderson recognized for its work on Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School by Minnesota Construction Association
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 2013) – Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School has received a 2013 Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA). The project was constructed by Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and designed by Perkins + Will Architects.
The award recognizes construction projects that make substantial contributions to the community.
The new 174,000-square-foot Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School opened September 4, 2012 following a devastating tornado that destroyed the school and wiped out 20 city blocks of Wadena, Minn. on June 17, 2010.
Registered for LEED Silver Certification, the school features a two-story academic wing with 21 classrooms on each floor, an auditorium, student commons, gymnasium, walking/running track, media center and the latest technology, including WiFi, smartboards and three-dimensional labs. The building’s design reflects the input of school administrators, faculty, students and members of the community.
The project’s sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling, a high-efficiency displacement ventilation system for quiet teaching spaces with excellent indoor air quality, and a design that harvests daylight and distributes natural light deep within the building. The school’s storm water management features include rain gardens with native plantings, and an outdoor community garden agriculture program that supports the district’s sustainable curriculum.
Supporting the goals of a LEED-registered project, Kraus-Anderson also provided oversight of construction materials to ensure that they matched those specified for LEED goals.
In addition, the school’s new $1 million, 6,547-square-foot safe room — the first such space in the six-state region – combines an auxiliary gym, community event space and multipurpose area that can also shelter up to 1,100 students and community residents in the event of another tornado.
The new school is considered a “high performance” school, incorporating design systems meant to improve the learning environment while saving energy, resources and money over the life cycle of the building. High performance buildings have been demonstrated to drive higher attendance, higher test scores, increased teacher satisfaction and retention, and reduced operating costs.
KA continues to lead the field of regional education construction projects and is currently ranked 6th in the nation in the construction of K-12 facilities by Building Design and Construction magazine. The company also remains the top construction manager of education facilities in the region, having completed over 200 K-12 projects totaling over $700 million in the past five years.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. The company has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.