Andover High School

Andover, Minnesota

Because of projected enrollment increases, the architect and the Anoka-Hennepin School District studied high school capacity options relative to construction/operational cost, curriculum, maintaining operations during construction and community identity. With the decision to build a fifth smaller high school, Andover established a landmark, a tradition for alumni, and a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$129.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas for community involvement.

The plan creates intimate learning environments; four “houses” surround a flexible team-learning area that engages students in interdisciplinary projects, large-group activities and casual gatherings.

Expansive skylights and glass curtainwalls along the main street welcome students with positive energy, creating a sense of belonging.

Three distinctive building entrances provide access to athletic/physical education, auditorium/fine arts or administrative/academic portions of the building.

Planned additions to the school include three classrooms to each of the four “houses,” a technology lab, forum room, black box and gymnasium.

For energy efficiency, the compact design reduces the amount of exterior wall; and windows and skylights provide generous daylight. Heat-recovery units, occupancy sensors, energy-management systems and durable exterior/interior materials were used.