Brooklyn Park, MN
Two-phase project that will change a former elementary school into a customized space for students ages 14 to 21 with disabilities.
TSP’s relationship with Intermediate District 287 dates back to the late 1990s. The District provides services to 11 member districts—Brooklyn Center, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Orono, Osseo, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, Wayzata and Westonka.
Edgewood Education Center was built to serve elementary school students. The ongoing two-phase project includes a building addition as well as a renovation component. The work will provide highly customized spaces for older students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for those with physical disabilities that require specialized interiors: accessible teaching kitchens, classrooms, and restrooms designed just for them. The completed project will allow ID 287 to vacate space it now leases north of its own building.
The new addition will create a courtyard that can be used for outdoor dining, activities, and learning activities. TSP partner Elan Design developed the site plan. The remodel will improve safety features for students, staff, and families by expanding the main-entry vestibule to incorporate screening space and a new security office. TSP partner LIG Design will create a school store and a coffee shop to augment the existing cafeteria. New lighting, flooring, casework, and updated technology will complete the transformation.
Phase 1 includes site work and foundations for the addition, which will allow construction to proceed while the existing building is occupied. The main construction work will follow in Phase 2. The majority of bids were awarded by early Fall 2017, with contracts coming in approximately $1 million under budget and with a comfortable construction contingency. The community around Edgewood Education Center will start seeing greater activity during November 2017, when the structural steel goes up to frame out the addition. Finishing the site work and foundations ahead of colder weather will enable crews to work through year’s end and into early 2018 to place the addition’s roof and masonry brick.