The Osseo Adult Education Center promotes GED achievement through academic and English language instruction to adult learners in the northwestern suburban and surrounding areas of the Twin Cities. Working with Osseo Area Schools and the Adult Education Center staff, the architect designed the 25,500-square-foot facility to meet the needs of these CAPACITY200COST PER SQ FT$155.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio learners. Planning is underway for an expansion that will provide county and non-profit human services as a "one-stop" service center.
Great care was given to creating clear and safe traffic patterns at the center. Adult learners arrive by various modes of transportation, and the center offers welcoming dropoff areas and entries for pedestrians, bus riders and drivers.
The use of daylight, warm colors, and the patterns on the floors and walls make the center feel welcoming. The facility houses 14 classrooms, a large community room, two computer labs, two shared conference rooms, a lunch room with partitioning capabilities, and a teacher-prep area and staff lounge. The center serves as home to 1,300 adult students and 40 Osseo Area Schools’ staff.