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.
Originally constructed as Edgewood Education Center, this school housed elementary students. The ongoing two-phase project includes a building addition as well as a renovation component to merge this school and another District property―creating the new Ann Bremer Education Center. 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 addition includes 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 Ann Bremer Education Center started seeing greater activity in November 2017, when structural steel framed out the addition. Finishing the site work and foundations ahead of colder weather enabled crews to work into early 2018 as they placed the addition’s roof and masonry brick.