Minnetonka High School, Additions and Alterations

Minnetonka, Minnesota

Re-envisioning Minnetonka High School has transformed a 1950s facility into a 21st- century school supporting the district’s commitment to excellence.

Exterior and interior upgrades greatly enhance the facility’s image, security and functionality. A welcoming entry and lobby control visitor entrance. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,800COST PER SQ FT$66.47FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation the existing auditorium and lobby finishes creates a facility the school and community want to use. Additional classrooms and reconfigured space support the collaborative curriculum.

Remodeling two interior courtyards into a student union has eliminated maze-like corridors and created a strong, student-focused organizational element. Adjacent spaces have been renovated to support student-service needs including a career center, guidance, writing center, bursar, activities office, school store, student government, coffee shop, library and a student art gallery. The student union is wide enough for students to meet in both small and large groups—for career fairs, dances or special events.

Upgraded finishes in the corridors, cafeteria and gym spaces have created a less institutional feel, improved wayfinding and greatly reduced maintenance costs.