Harrison Education and Community Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Harrison Education and Community Center is a facility collaboratively planned and operated by the Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Harrison Neighborhood Association. The school provides districtwide alternative placement for 80 to 100 students with Emotional-Behavior Disability (EBD). This unique program uses the media center, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2000 Educational Interiors2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized lab, art room and industrial-technology lab—all of which are shared with community programs.

Building sections used by the neighborhood association and the parks and recreation board offer meeting areas, a multipurpose room, a crafts classroom and warming house, as well as an Early Childhood Family Education Center. The gymnasium supports the physical- education programs for the school and community.

The new facility is near the existing park shelter, at the eastern edge of the site. School functions take place on school property, and community or shared-use spaces are situated on park property. The location of the new facility softens the impact on the park, as well as addresses concerns regarding pathways throughout the site and the desire to maintain views of the downtown skyline.

With different hours of operation for all three parties, access, security, maintenance and utilities became important topics to address. Access to shared spaces affected placement and relationships of one space to another, as well as security—keeping students, staff and people in or out of specific areas as necessary.

Photographer: ©Ralph Berlovitz