High School Design - 2016-17
Board Update - 08/09/2017
John Pfluger from Cuningham Group of Architects, David Leapaldt from iiW and Andy Faulkner, ICS construction manager, presented a Tech High School Design Committee update at the Board of Education work session on August 9, 2017. View the Board Presentation.
Leapaldt summarized changes made since schematic design work began, including site geology and permitting, space parameters, alternative designs and materials, and bid packages.
Faulkner presented an estimate review addressing overage costs, including significant site work, as well as alternates to bid packages designed to address keeping the project within budget, and bid package dates: two in August and one in November.
Pfluger next presented a new design concept for the exterior of the high school that incorporated stakeholder input from earlier design concepts. The new design features split-granite and wood to incorporate a quarry-woodland concept and identify the school at part of St. Cloud.
Architects John Pfluger of the Cuningham Group and David Leapaldt of iiW recently presented an update on the high school design committee’s work for the new Tech High School.
Pfluger reminded the group that design work for the new high school actually began two years ago with the original task force, when participants in the process agreed to focus on the woodlands feature of the new site. Continuing forward, the design for the new Tech High School has centered on a Woodland Quarry concept.
Design progress can be seen through a visual presentation, illustrating learning neighborhoods facing north, toward the woods. There are three design themes: Quarry, where students, staff and the community can gather; Forest, which features the spaces for learning; and Stream, where students can collaborate and connect.
The new site is both a rich environment for learning and growth as well as, at times, a challenge for construction. Future development of the adjacent city park provides an opportunity to share resources. Students will benefit from the site’s woodlands, wetlands and stream.
The new high school features six learning neighborhoods on two levels, shared spaces, an opportunity for organizing to academic goals, outdoor learning opportunities, the Arts wing—including theater--administration at the front entry for safety, Physical Education spaces, CTE spaces embedded within learning neighborhoods and a Commons large enough to also host community members.
On the 2nd Floor are more learning neighborhoods, science areas, fitness areas, including wrestling, and media spaces.
In addition, the building is designed with flexibility to expand for another 2-story learning neighborhood as needed.
A date for the groundbreaking on the new site will be announced soon. Exciting times!
Board Update - 03/08/2017
At the March 8, 2017 Board of Education Work Session, architects David Leapaldt and Scott Krenner presented to the school board and members of the public the first 3-D schematic view of the new high school to be built in south St. Cloud.
Technology Visioning Workshop - 02/28/2017
Teachers, students, administrators, architects and community members met at Technical High School on February 28, 2017 for an extended workshop to envision technology for the future for high school students. It was facilitated by Mark Vallenti of the Sextant Group and focused on big ideas for technology use such as augmented and virtual reality. View the PowerPoint Presentation.
Board Update - 02/08/2017
At the February 8, 2017 Board of Education Work Session, district leadership, architects and Technical High School’s Media Specialist presented information on the process for the new high school to be built in South St. Cloud. Tech High School Principal Charlie Eisenreich and Media Specialist Mike Johnson, Scott Krenner from Cuningham Group and David Leapaldt from iiW addressed the Board.
Board Update - 01/11/2017At the Jan. 11, 2017 Board of Education Work Session, district leadership, architects and construction project managers presented information on the process for the new high school to be built in South St. Cloud. Tech High School Principal Charlie Eisenreich and Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Leah Sams; Scott Krenner from Cuningham Group; David Leapaldt from iiW and Pat Overom from ICS addressed the Board.