Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - School Design Committee

  • Summary information on the Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School construction project is also provided in Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish (see English).

    CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS UPDATE: Construction on Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School is progressing on schedule. Please note that contractors will occasionally work weekends throughout the summer to stay ahead of schedule or make up for lost time due to weather/rain. The City of St. Paul's noise ordinance allows contractors to work Monday through Sunday between 7 am and 10 pm.

    PROJECT BACKGROUND
     
    Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, a dual PreK-8 campus, is starting 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.

    LINWOOD/LOWER CAMPUS

    With regards to concerns over noise in the early morning, the site superintendent has been notified and has spoken with workers arriving onsite playing loud music. Please notify us if problems continue to occur or if you have any questions or concerns.

    The demolition for this summer is complete with footings and foundation work beginning the week of July 17. Mid next week, they will be working on helical piles (steel foundation system) and will be laying the block foundation after that. The demolition of the smoke stack and coal storage rooms are scheduled for summer 2018 and is planned to be a "wet demolition" where the area is kept wet to reduce dust.

    Overall construction noise will continue to varying degrees in the form of trucks hauling materials and excavation work until the new building is enclosed which we anticipate to be around the end of February 2018.

    An ash tree was cut down and will be replaced with a Patriot Elm once the new storm connection is complete. No other trees are planned to be removed; rather, the site will be landscaped with additional trees and plantings toward the final phase of construction in summer 2018.

    MONROE/UPPER CAMPUS

    The area for the new stairs has been cut through the existing floors (see photo below) making way for the construction of the new stairwell beginning the week of July 17. The mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue throughout the school and sheetrock has been going up in the front area of the building where the offices were demolished.

    This week they contractors have started site work with the removal of an oil tank; setting connections for utilities; and redoing sidewalks for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

LINWOOD/LOWER: PROJECT SCOPE

  • Project scope:

    • Adding 3-story addition next to the current building for additional learning spaces to accommodate the move of prekindergarten and grade 4 from Monroe to Linwood to provide more aligned academic support.
    • Renovating existing classrooms for equity in size.

    Variance(s): Lot coverage and building height; approved by the St. Paul City Council on April 19, 2017 (A copy of the SPPS' variance application is also available for viewing).

    Break ground: Summer 2017; Completion: Fall 2018

    A list of frequently asked questions from the April 21, 2016, Linwood community meeting is also available for review.

    To help inform the renovations, we have formed a School Design Committee made up of district and academic leaders, teachers, students, families, community members and key partners. Through the guidance of a Steering Committee, the School Design Committee will be collaborating with architects and engineers on the concept design for the project.To provide input on the renovations, the School Design Committee will participate in four workshops.

    LINWOOD - CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE (subject to change)

    Please expect increased traffic, noise and parking restrictions.

    SUMMER 2017

    • The school building will be closed to the public for the summer.
    • The kindergarten classroom will be demolished and relocated to a temporary area for next school year.
    • The gym will get a new divider.
    • June 2017: Construction begins, footings and foundation installed at Linwood (Monroe construction takes place during the summers of 2017 and 2018); removal of one ash tree on Fairmount to connect new sanitary storm system
    • June 14-30; August 7-13: Main office staff will temporarily relocate to district headquarters at 360 Colborne St.; staff phone numbers will remain the same.
    • June 20 (changed from June 13): The playground in the back of the school (corner of Fairmount and Oxford) will be dismantled; there will be no access to this playground or the yard next to it this summer or next school year. The playground structure and equipment will be recycled and donated to Kids Around the World playgrounds and sent to a developing country. The playground in front of the building (corner of Oxford and Osceola) will be accessible over the summer and next school year.
    • June 21/22: Demolition of kindergarten begins
    • Month of July: Staff will be on summer rooms break.
    • August 14: Principal and office staff will return to Linwood School after summer break.
    • August 28: Teaching staff return to Linwood from summer break.
    • Late August 2018: Monroe and Linwood projects completed; new Linwood playground completed

    FALL 2017

    • When student return in the fall, the three-story addition will have started being built.
    • The parking lot will remain as is for next school year.
    • Bus drop off and pick up locations will remain the same.
    • Parent drop off/pick up locations will likely change; more information to come.
    • The main entrance will remain accessible.
    • September-October 2017: Linwood will lead sessions with the school and community to design its playground structures; exact date to be determined
    • September-December 2017: Linwood building exterior shell erected

    SPRING/SUMMER 2018

    • Spring 2018: Linwood addition completed
    • Summer 2018: Linwood interior renovations begins along with exterior site work and landscaping

    LINWOOD / LOWER CAMPUS SITE PLANS

    Click here for the Linwood/Lower Educational Adequacy Assessment (1/9/17)

    Click here for the Linwood/Lower site plan with revised first floor (updated 1/24/17)

    Linwood Floor Plans

     

MONROE/UPPER: PROJECT SCOPE

  • Project scope:

    • Interior upgrades to bring equity to classroom sizes.
    • Modify the circulation system for greater building supervision at corridors.
    • Minor modification to the exterior building envelope for life-safety upgrades (new egress stair)
    • New entry canopy and creating commons areas for students to gather and display arts. 
    • Significant mechanical system replacement.

    MONROE - CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE (subject to change)

    Please expect increased traffic, noise and parking restrictions.

    Break ground: Summer 2017; Completion: Fall 2018

    SUMMER 2017

    Monroe’s summer construction will focus on revamping the one-story north addition that was done in 1998; highlights include:

    • Main office and nurse area will be completely reconfigured and remodeled, but will remain in the same location; the health office will be expanded and be more efficient.
    • Visual and theater arts spaces will be upgraded and new lighting provided.
    • Stage will have a new handicap lift and get new lighting.
    • New commons area by the main entrance will be open to visitors and available to students to display their work.
    • Stairway by the main entrance will be demolished and a second stairway created in another location.
    • Cafeteria will get new lighting and the kitchen will get a new dishwasher, walk-in cooler and freezer; the head cook will get a new office.
    • Library will be relocated.

    Click here for the Monroe/Upper Construction Phasing Plan (6/2/17); the image below shows which parts of the building will have work done over summer 2017 (dark areas marked by a “1”) and summer 2018 (light areas marked by a “2”)

    Click here for the Monroe/Upper Educational Adequacy Assessment (1/9/17)

    Click here for the Monroe/Upper site plan (updated 1/23/17); see photo gallery below for interior sketches.

    Monroe Upper first floor floorplan

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SCHOOL DESIGN QUESTIONS?

  • For questions about the School Design Committee, contact the school’s main office at 651-293-8690.

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