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June 20, 2012
Kraus-Anderson Selected to Construct New $65.15 Million High School for Alexandria School District
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (June 2012) – The Alexandria (Minnesota) School District has hired Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA) as construction manager to build a new $65.15 million senior high school that will house 1,400 students. The new school will be constructed on a 167-acre site located at 50th Avenue & Pioneer Road in Alexandria, and will bring the 9th graders into the high school, which currently serves students in grades 10-12. Construction will start this month and is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of 2014 school year.
The new 280,000-square-foot high school will feature two 3-story academic wings that include 36 classrooms, 12 flexible learning spaces for small and large groups, science labs, technology/engineering lab, art rooms, a media center and special education classrooms. The new facility will also boast new athletic fields and a stadium, an activities wing with a 3-station gymnasium, and a performing arts wing with dedicated music spaces, as well as a 1,000-seat auditorium.
A community resource available to the public and organizations for activities and events, the new facility features an eco-friendly, energy-efficient design with outdoor green areas.
The new school will replace the current facility, which is landlocked and had few options for expansion. Kraus-Anderson was selected through an RFP process in 2010 and has been working with the school to provide accurate cost analyses through the building referendum process.
“Kraus Anderson has been an essential partner with the new high school project from the beginning and has provided support, key data and expertise that led to a successful referendum,” said Dr. Terry Quist, Alexandria superintendent of schools. “It is reassuring to know that KA will be guiding and managing the construction of this exciting new facility.”
KA has worked closely with the school, architects and the community through user group meetings to help to facilitate the long process, including its conceptual design and development.
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected to build the new high school in Alexandria and commend the district and all the parties that worked hard to approve the facility,” said John Huenink, Kraus-Anderson’s vice president and director of the company’s education group. “We expect the new high school to be an extraordinary educational facility and a beacon in the Alexandria community.”
KA continues to lead the field of regional K-12 construction projects and is currently ranked 19th 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 180 K-12 projects totaling over $620 million in the past five years. Ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record, the company has also been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. KA has been involved in dozens LEED projects, including six K-12 facilities as well as the first LEED-certified project in Minnesota (Westwood Elementary School for Elk River School District).
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 Phoenix, Ariz., Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth and Bemidji, Minn.