St. Peter, MN
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Client: Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916
Project Size: 70,000 s.f.
Kraus-Anderson Role: Construction Manager- Agency
This 70,000 s.f. education center is the first of its kind to serve kindergarteners through eighth graders with special education needs.
The center is designed to expand the district’s capacity to serve a growing need for education services from partner school districts.The design departs from traditional school floor plans by creating pods of learning communities, developing more open and warm spaces that assist faculty and support the students as they learn life skills of self-regulation, coping, communication, self-efficacy and socialization. The open designs empower students to flow through the space, while providing staff the ability to maintain sight and control.
The indoor environment avoids the institutional feel by incorporating connections to nature, which research shows as having a positive effect on student behavior. Design elements bring nature indoors to provide a calming atmosphere, and create a controlled outdoor space for students in which to learn, play and relax – while providing additional opportunities to teach life skills.
Borrowing from design solutions incorporated in mental health treatment centers, the school will also feature sensory rooms for students who can benefit from such therapies, and exercise areas for motor skill development and student engagement.
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