Jordan Middle School

Jordan, Minnesota

  • FIRM

    DLR Group

  • CLIENT

    Independent School District 717

  • AREA

    181,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $34,950,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2015

Jordan School District wanted to re-imagine its middle school, constructed circa 1960, into a flexible learning environment capable of supporting a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program. DLR Group was engaged to work with the school's stakeholders, investigate various grade level clusters and numerous educational ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY700 concepts, then design an extensive renovation and addition program to respond to the district's vision that completely changes its educational delivery. Simultaneously, the district opted to construct a major addition to the middle school to house a new Community Education and Recreation Center (CERC) to offer all community residents a needed fitness and recreation space. The resultant facility apportions students into two academic clusters housing 5/6 grade students and 7/8 grade students, each with classrooms, labs and teacher support areas, flexible enough to accommodate a variety of configurations for student work. The design team devised a creative adaptation of the building's core, using existing structural columns and raising the roof an additional 15 feet, to house an expanded mechanical system and bring natural light deep into the commons area through a series of clerestory windows. The raised section also serves to define a new secure entrance adjacent to the school's administrative offices.