Como Park Senior High: School Design Committee

  • CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - AUGUST 31, 2017: As Como Park High School students, families and staff return this school year, we continue to make progress on the school’s  expansion and renovations. Our work will continue through the end of 2019 to create great spaces to support learning and teaching. The first phase of construction will build the addition on the south side of the building, followed by renovating the existing building, which will happen in several phases starting in summer 2018.

    Athletic Field: After some delays due to unforeseen debris found during excavation and subsequent wet weather, we’re making progress in completing the artificial turf athletic field. Paving, installation of the field drainage system, and final grading are progressing. We plan to start turf installation in early September and expect the field to be completed by October 9, 2017. The stormwater management system, a collaborative project done with the Capitol Region Watershed District and City of St. Paul is in operation. The system is now treating and infiltrating stormwater from the neighborhood before it reaches Como Lake, which will improve the lake’s water quality.

    Building Addition: We’ve broken ground on the building addition and are working on the excavation and pouring footings and foundations to support the new structure. When completed, the 44,000 square foot addition will provide modern classrooms, flexible learning spaces, and staff support space. Work will be ongoing throughout the school year. For the safety of the school community, a separate construction area has been established on the south side of the building with fences and walls. We will be working closely with the school’s administration to minimize the impact of construction on students and staff throughout the year.


    PROJECT BACKGROUND

    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.

    Activities:
    • Introduction to process and conceptual scope
    • Small group work on what’s special about your school
    • See presentation
     
    WORKSHOP 2: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE - April 19, 2016

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

    Activities:
    • 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

    Activities:
    • Review of space, program and what’s included
    • Design thinking hands-on exercise
    • Report back and next steps
    • See presentation
     
    WORKSHOP 4: SYNTHESIS AND DESIGN VALIDATION - May 17. 2016

    Goal: Conceptual Design Validation

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

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

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