Valley Crossing Community School

Woodbury, Minnesota

  • FIRM

    ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers


    North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale ISD #622; S. Washington County ISD #833; Stillwater ISD #834

  • AREA

    132,000 sq.ft.



Landscape Architecture category

Together, the districts and city developed mixed-use programming for outdoor spaces creating opportunities for all learners by combining indoor education and outdoor learning experiences, while promoting safety.

The school is connected to neighborhoods and parks by a system of pedestrian trails that offer recreational and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$86.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape pursuits, and flexibility for future modifications. The storm- water-retention pond also serves as a learning center. Masses of native plants provide color, texture and an opportunity to learn about changing seasons.

The building is situated high on the property, taking advantage of long and short vistas for prominent recognition. The two entry drives create a memorable entry-and-approach sequence while slowing vehicles to make travel lanes pedestrian-friendly and safe. The main parking lot is separated by a median with an allée. This creates a formal ordering device that visually reduces the scale of the lot and directs people toward the main entrance.

Pedestrian and vehicular pavement treatments reduce maintenance costs and minimize degradation caused by snow plows, freeze-thaw heaving and pavement staining.

A joint venture created adjacent school and city athletic fields. They provide a variety of activities, while retaining these sites as green, open spaces in a rapidly developing corridor of the city.

Renderings: ©Craig Hinrichs