Adams Spanish Immersion: School Design Committee
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: AUGUST 31, 2017: As we head into the new school year, we are excited to share progress on Adams Spanish Immersion’s remodeling and expansion. There are a lot of changes underway with ensuring the Adams’ building will provide versatile, equitable, healthy learning environments for its students and staff. A new inclusive playground has been constructed, allowing children of all physical abilities to engage in safe play. The playground will be ready for the first day of school. On the building’s west side, the two-story addition that will house classrooms and the cafeteria is taking shape with the structural steel mostly in place. On the north side, the three-story addition’s foundation is in place and has started to rise from the ground. At the end of this school year, classes will move into these additions and the next phase of construction will begin, which includes renovating the existing classrooms and administrative spaces.
Adams Spanish Immersion has begun the design process for building renovations 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. An expansion to add classrooms, specialized spaces and a new cafeteria are planned for Adams Spanish Immersion School.
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 at the school).
Several workshops were conducted for the school community to become acquainted with the overall plans and to learn about the design process and the timeline for construction.
Project scope: Two additions will right-size the school for its current student population (800 maximum); an additional 37,000 square feet will accommodate a new cafeteria and expand the space of current classrooms; and a 3-story addition will add 9 classrooms; getting new playground and upgraded play field.
Variance(s): Variance for the addition on the northeast side of the school to match the current height; the zoning height limit is 30’ while the current building is at 52’.
CURRENT DESIGN PLANS: Click here to view the latest site and design plans.
September/October 2016: City of St. Paul reviews site plan and provides feedback to district
October 10, 2016: Updated site plan presented to Fort Road /West 7th District Council for board approval; board votes to approve the site plan. Note: Per earlier feedback from the District Council, adjustments were made to the site plan to accommodate off-street parking without the loss of existing green space.
November 16, 2016; 6-7:30 pm: Community meeting to present final plan and discuss variances
January/February 2017: Project goes out for public contractor bid
February 2017: Project breaks ground
December 2018: Project completed
BACKGROUND: WORKSHOP MEETING DOCUMENTS
Steering Committee Meeting: Wed., Aug. 17, 6:30 pm (Media Center)
Steering Committee Meeting: Wed., July 13, 6:30 pm (Media Center)
Steering Committee Meeting: Wed. June 1, 4:30-6:30 pm (Media Center); see meeting presentation
Updates on Playground Committee, Summer Planning, Neighborhood Work Session
Steering Committee Meeting: Wed., June 15, 9:30 am (Media Center)
Neighborhood Playground Meeting and Ice Cream Social: Thur., June 23, 6:30 pm (Gymnasium and/or Playground depending on the weather)
Playground Sketch Session and open discussion about the building and playground design.
Community Meeting 2: Wed., May 16, 3:00-7:00 pm (Media Center); see meeting presentation
This meeting will present plan revisions, exterior sketches and massing diagrams that will be of interest to community members as well as staff and parents.
Community Meeting 1: Mon., April 26, 3:00-7:00 pm (Media Center); see meeting presentation
This meeting will provide school staff, parents and community members an introduction to the architectural team, an overview of the FMP planning process to date, present the concept plans and provide an opportunity to discuss the overall project.