Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy: Construction project

  • SPPS is excited to launch its project to provide Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy with an addition and other significant building improvements. Details on the project scope and timeline are provided below and monthly progress updates can be found in the right-hand sidebar.


    Please see the presentation from the community meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

    The image below highlights some main features of the addition and remodel:

    • Areas in white show where the new addition will be. Remodeling features include: new kitchen and cafeteria addition; new classrooms; new inclusive restrooms; new gym floor; new HVAC in existing west wing; new boiler in the original school building; improved traffic flow for cars, buses, and deliveries.
    • A new service/fire lane off of Field Ave. (shown here as a gray “T”) will be used by service vehicles only for pickup and deliveries to the school. No school buses or parent vehicles will use this route or the entrances on this side of the building. 
    • Student drop off/pick up will be from Sheridan Ave.

    Jie Ming aerial view

  • Project type: Addition and remodel 

    Project scope

    • Kitchen and cafeteria addition
    • New classrooms (5)
    • New inclusive restrooms
    • New gym floor
    • New HVAC in existing west wing
    • One new boiler in the original school building
    • Improved traffic flow for cars, buses, and deliveries

    Project timeline: Summer 2022 to fall 2023 (subject to change)

    • Summer 2022: Existing cafeteria is demoed; earthwork (excavation) and foundations begin
    • Fall/winter 2022: Structure of new addition takes shape; Concrete Masonry Units walls and steel structure
    • Winter/spring 2023: Roof, windows, and exterior finishes (brick) added to new addition
    • Summer 2023: Final touches on building addition; full HVAC replacement in existing west wing; install new boiler; complete site work; including redesign of front lot
    • Fall 2023 - school begins: Project complete


    Last update: April 29, 2022

    1. Are any variances being sought? 

    No variances are being sought at this time. No work will take place on private property.

    2. Will green space be preserved?

    SPPS values green space and keeps it a top priority when we go through a project’s design process as we balance the needs of the school community. Per City of Saint Paul code, any trees taken down for the project will be replaced at a minimum of a 1:1 ratio.

    3. How many trucks are expected to use the service access lane that will be built off of Field Ave?

    We expect up to five or six vehicles per day to use the service access lane when school is in session. Vehicles will include delivery trucks, SPPS maintenance vehicles, and garbage and recycling services.

    4. Where will the student drop off/pick up location be? 

    The student drop off/pick up will continue to be accessed off of Sheridan Avenue. We are working with a traffic consultant and the City of Saint Paul to optimize the management of traffic flow while improving safety.

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