Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School Addition and Renovation

Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • FIRM



    Saint Paul Public Schools

  • AREA

    25,600 sq.ft.





Design team: Lon Fiedler, DJ Heinle, Kathryn Poore-Larson, Jay Wiederholt, Greg Cooper, Rich Gray, Heather Erickson, Kraig Klund, Michelle Gallagher, Elisabeth Schaler, Rob Schweich, Brian Kelley

Johnson High School, an aerospace magnet school in Saint Paul, Minn., underwent extensive building system upgrades, a 25,600-square-foot renovation, and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2018 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation 8,000-square-foot addition. The addition included a two-story entry atrium designed to display a small suspended aircraft. This dramatically lighted feature will highlight the school’s STEM mission to a diverse urban neighborhood along a heavily traveled artery.
The renovation updated the cafeteria, hallways, and classrooms for math, digital imaging, and special education. The addition provided needed space for administrative offices, a counseling suite, a secured vestibule on the entry level, and new classroom space on the floor above. Exterior work included a reconfigured entry drop-off, parking, green space, stormwater management, and updated landscape.
The team also designed all-gender concepts for two new and eight renovated restroom facilities. Carrying out the plans required close collaboration with local code officials. These concepts have become prototypes for the school district.