WMEP Interdistrict Downtown School

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The WMEP (West Metro Educational Program) Interdistrict Downtown School’s architectural space program is for 600 K-12 students. The downtown school structure sits atop a three-story, below-grade municipal parking ramp owned and operated by the city, and is designed as an integrated/extended community design model that will use the diverse downtown environment as its ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$112.00CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress context.

The school reflects this by providing focused instructional houses and shared school space, which will be augmented by off-site learning settings. The facility and its programs are designed to make use of advanced technologies and hands-on learning.

Photographer: ©Peter Kerze

"Solves real urban problem...responds to new teaching and learning strategies."—1999 jury