Como Park Senior: Construction Project


    As we get ready for the start of school, we are excited to be opening some additional renovated classrooms, staff spaces, and furnishings at Como Park Senior High.  We’ll also be starting work in other areas of the building, so it seems a good time to share an update on what families and students can expect this school year.

    Newly renovated spaces are opening!

    • We’ve finished renovating classrooms (Science & Art), bathrooms, and staff spaces in the center classroom wing. Staff are in the process of moving into those rooms, which will have new furniture and instructional technology, in addition to being fully renovated.
    • In addition to the renovated Art classrooms, there will also be a landscaped courtyard off of those classrooms with paved areas and benches.
    • We’ve completed construction in the Junction, Commons and Cafeteria and are opening up an expanded Commons area with a new stair to the second floor.
    • The new Health Start Clinic and Nurses suite will be opening, in addition to some administration offices in the same area.
    • The Jr. ROTC will have a new look with windows and a separate office.

    We’re starting work in some new areas.

    • The biggest visual change you will see is at the new main entrance (former offices) at the center of the building, which is just starting construction. This entrance and additional front office space is scheduled to open in January 2020.
    • For the start of school, the parent drop off will be at the former main entrance and the bus drop off will be at the west entrance (door 7); see the site plan.
    • The Auditorium renovation will be completed by November.


    • All areas of construction will continue to be physically separated from areas occupied by students and staff.
    • Exterior areas supporting construction will continue to be fenced off from public areas; construction areas will have separate entrances to the building.

    We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the construction process as we begin more work in the existing building. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.


    Stacy Theien-Collins, Principal, Como Park Senior High; (651) 293-8800, 

    Angela Selb-Sack, Senior Project Manager, SPPS Facilities; (651) 744-1810,

    Larry R. Opelt, Project Manager, SPPS Facilities; (651) 744-1800,


    Como Park Senior High School has started the design process for building renovations that is based on SPPS’ 10-year Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to ensure its school buildings are able to meet the 21st century learning needs of students.
    A draft of the project work scope or plan is also available (please note these plans are conceptual designs and do not necessarily represent the work that will actually be done to the school); in summary, the project work scope is:
    A. Redoing artificial turf on competition field with installation of storm water management under field that will entail significant excavation; more lighting added to the field.
    Break ground: May 2017; Completion: Fall 2017
    Note: Schedule different from approved 5-year implementation plan, as construction economy and cash flow necessitated different sequence.
    Como Senior athletic field
    B. A building addition to increase capacity for about 100 more students with interior renovations to allow for more education spaces.
    Break ground: Fall 2017 (tentative); Completion: Late 2019
    C. A 2-story addition on south side of building that will take up some practice field space/open grass area.
    Break ground: Fall 2017 (tentative); Completion: Late 2019
    Como Senior High School Site Plan

    School Design Committee
    To help inform the renovations, a School Design Committee was formed by district and academic leaders, teachers, students, families, community members and key partners. Through the guidance of a Steering Committee, the School Design Committee has been collaborating with architects and engineers on the concept design for the project.

    To provide input on the renovations, the School Design Committee participated in four workshops; the goals and activities of each workshop is outlined below along with meeting notes.
    WORKSHOP 1: WHERE ARE WE? March 17, 2016

    Goal: To orient the School Design Committee to their charge and the framework of the FMP to date including the facilities Vision, Principles, Standards and the priorities and project scope identified for your school.

    • Introduction to process and conceptual scope
    • Small group work on what’s special about your school
    • See presentation

    To provide and explore examples of what learning environments could look like to support 21st century learning.

    • Introduction to what others are doing
    • How do facilities impact learning?
    • Small group work
    • See presentation
    WORKSHOP 3: WHAT DO WE WANT? April 26, 2016

    Goal: Program and adjacency exploration/validation

    • Review of space, program and what’s included
    • Design thinking hands-on exercise
    • Report back and next steps
    • See presentation

    Goal: Conceptual Design Validation

    • Report back outcomes of Workshop 3
    • Synthesis: Presentation of conceptual design
    • Small Group discussion
    • Report back and next steps
    • See presentation

Project Summary - Translations


  • For questions about the School Design Committee, contact the school’s main office at 651-293-8800.