Southwest High School, Additions and Alterations

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Design team:
Daniel Moll (Project Manager); Eric Anderson (Project Architect), David Maroney (Architecture), Josh Litwiller (Architecture), Kara Rise (Interior Design); Jen Miller (Interior Design)

The addition and renovations at Southwest High School addressed increasing enrollment by providing more instructional space and core facilities. The project ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$112.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio building safety and security, and provided all upgrades with minimal impact to a tight urban site in an established neighborhood setting.
The central addition bridged the original east and west buildings, and became the heart of the school. It improves the flow and connections, and provides a secure entry and a multipurpose commons. It enhances functional relationships by moving core services such as the media center to more central locations. The introduction of instructional “hubs” and “garages” provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
The use of the school color and nautical imagery helps reinforce the school’s identity. The spirit of Southwest High School extends throughout the building.