St. Anthony Park: School Design Committee
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - August 2, 2017:
The construction at St. Anthony Park Elementary is progressing nicely (see construction photos below). There is still a lot of work to be done, but the project is on schedule for those areas needed when school resumes in September.
We deeply appreciate the St. Anthony Park community's continued patience with the construction noise and traffic as the school undergoes its transformation!
Construction highlights include the demolition of the center area of the building that has housed the media center and classrooms. In November, four new classrooms will be opened in this area, followed by the new two-story media center and more classrooms in March. The new concrete footings for the two-story addition have been installed and steel columns and beams have been put in place to make up the framework for the new two-story addition.
Classrooms on the east side of the building will be open in the fall. At this point, the interior partitions have been removed and openings have been cut for the additional windows that will soon be installed. Framing of the interior walls for the new classrooms is nearly complete, which will be followed closely by drywall and final finishes.
CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND INFORMATION: SUMMER / FALL 2017
The construction phase of St. Anthonly Park Elementary begins this summer (2017). The following outlines what to expect over the summer and when students return in the fall.
PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR THAT BEGINS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017.
Below are key points regarding building access and traffic circulation, along with links to maps, diagrams and temporary classroom reassignments for fall 2017.
NOTE: There will be days when construction crews may be working into the evening and on some weekends. The City of St. Paul allows construction to take place between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. We apologize in advance for the noise and disruption that this may cause.
SUMMER 2017 – Programs, traffic and building access:
- No Community Education programs will be held in the school building over the summer.
- The school playground will be closed, but families are encouraged to use the playground at the park next to the school, Langford Park Recreation Center. Part of the park that borders the school will be fenced in to store construction equipment and job trailers.
- Traffic access around the school will be limited and construction traffic will be coordinated with the Como Ave. roadwork; see Figure 1.
FALL 2017 – Traffic circulation and building access
- Bus drop off /pick up will continue to be on the north side of the school from Knapp St. with the student entrance off the west side of the building; see Figure 2.
- Parent drop off/pick up will continue to be off the southeast corner of the school from Gordon Ave. with the student entrance off the east side of the building; see Figure 2.
- For details on temporary classroom reassignments for next school year, see Figure 3.
We would like to thank our staff and families for their patience and support throughout this process, and our partners for their continued commitment to the future of our school: St. Anthony Community Council, St. Anthony Fourth of July Committee, Parks and Recreation, St. Paul Public Works, and the St. Anthony Park Community.
St. Anthony Park - Remodeling Project
BACKGROUNDIn spring 2016, St. Anthony Park Elementary began 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); the project scope in brief:
Break ground: Summer 2017; Completion: Ready for fall 2018Variances: The approved variances are for site coverage and to allow for less on-site parking than required to maintain as much open outdoor space as possible; variances were approved on January 4, 2017 by the City of St. Paul.SCHOOL DESIGN COMMITTEE
- An addition will be built to house the main office, cafeteria and kitchen.
- A second story will also be built over the current single story to add instructional spaces.
To help inform the renovations, a School Design Committee was formed and 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 collaborated with architects and engineers on the design concept for the project. To provide input on the renovations, the School Design Committee participated in four workshops. The goals, activities and outcomes of each workshop is outlined below.
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 March 21, 216, presentation and meeting notes
Goal: 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 April 18, 2016, presentation and meeting notes
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 May 2, 2016, presentation and meeting notes
Goal: Conceptual Design Validation
- Report back outcomes of Workshop 3
- Synthesis: Presentation of conceptual design
- Small Group discussion
- Report back and next steps
- See May 16, 2016, presentation and meeting notes