Converting what was previously a film studio into a LEED certified, K-12 charter school through multiple phase over almost a decade, Minneapolis- based Kodet Architectural Group seamlessly bridged the old and the new. Featuring a gym, two kitchens, a theatre, classrooms, a media center and cafeterias, the Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul, MN was designed for more than just its 1200 person student body. -Architectural Products
MG McGrath Scope of Work: MG McGrath fabricated and installed: 25,200 square feet of Centria Style Rib Panels in limestone/flower pot with a fluorfinish, 1,083 square feet of Centria Econolap in slate gray with a fluorfinish, and 995 square feet of MG F-Seam weathered zinc with a kynar finish.
Construction includes a high school addition on the school’s site and a remodel of the existing building to better serve the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade population. With the updates, both wings will use the newly expanded lunchroom and kitchen along with the main gymnasium, but each facility will have separate entrances. The high school will have 24 general classrooms as well as science, band, choir, art, home economics, and other specialty facilities. One of the main features of the addition is a new performance theater to support the school’s various fine arts programs. This 477-seat theater will offer a full stage, green room, production area, and other amenities to allow students and the community to produce plays, vocal performances, dance recitals, and host other events. “The theatre provides both school and community opportunities,” stated Ed Kodet, FAIA, president of Kodet Architectural Group. He also noted that the new addition “provides an excellent example of sustainable design that meets the school’s academic, educational, and space needs.” Compared to a typical school design, the addition anticipates meeting LEED certification goals to reduce overall power consumption 10 to 15 percent, reduce water use up to 40 percent, capture and clean 100 percent of stormwater that falls on the site, and use environmentally friendly interior materials to promote the health of students, staff, and faculty. Unique technologies incorporated into the design include a porous paving system with underground infiltration basins for stormwater capture, all-native landscaping designed to use zero irrigation, large windows for daylighting, and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. The school building also has been entered into an energy conservation program through Xcel Energy, which uses computer models to predict energy use and pinpoint areas to invest in energy-efficient upgrades. Each of these design items adds to HCPA’s pursuit of a truly sustainable building in which the school can grow for years to come. -Kodet Architectural Group