Intermediate District 287, North Education Center

New Hope, Minnesota

  • FIRM

    TSP, Inc.


    Intermediate District 287

  • AREA

    157,520 sq.ft.





The North Education Center supports learning programs for special education, alternative education, career training, early childhood and parenting education, and gifted and talented services.

A variety of spaces supports low student-teacher ratios. Quick access to breakout rooms, single-use restrooms and calming areas enable quick staff responses. Adjacencies ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$167.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized coordinated to support staff efficiency and necessary student program separations.

A highly customizable demountable wall system and unique grid design enables the district to easily change classroom spaces to adapt to ever-changing student needs. Finish materials offer the durability to withstand unusual wear and tear.

Hand-on learning spaces support independent living curriculum and vocational programs; a teaching kitchen; production lab to learn job skills, including computer tasks, printing, sorting and electronics assembly; art room; science lab; computer lab; student-run coffee shop; and school store.

High-performance design features support environmental responsibility and operational efficiency. A geothermal system provides low-cost heating and cooling. HVAC and lighting systems are controlled through the Internet. Efficient LED light fixtures create soothing environments and reduce “flicker.” A cutting-edge technology infrastructure supports integrated curriculum delivery and enhanced security.