College Prep Academy|
Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
15 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Date Bid: July 2012 Construction Period: Oct 2012 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 154,434 Site: 3.9 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Renovation, 38 classrooms, gymnasium;
Addition, 32 classrooms, seating capacities 477, auditorium, gymnasium.
Building Sizes: First floor renovation, 46,698; first floor
addition, 32.531; second floor renovation, 29,443; second floor
addition, 20,975; third floor addition, 24,787; total 154,434 square
Building Height: First floor renovation, 14’; first floor
addition, 14’, second floor renovation, 15’; second floor addition, 15’;
third floor addition, 14’, total 47’ 3”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls:
CMU, brick curtain wall, metal panel. Roof: Membrane. Floors:
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Mattson Macdonald Young, Inc. - 901 N. Third
Street, #100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: RJM Construction - 701
Washington Avenue, N., #600, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Mechanical Engineer & Electrical Engineer: Cain Thomas Associates
- 1310 E, Highway 96, #209, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Civil Engineer: Larson Engineering, Inc. - 3524 Labore Road,
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Hmong College Prep Academy (HCPA) began the 2013 school year by opening
its doors to a new high school addition and remodel of the existing
school. Featuring a new entrance, additional classrooms, and a 477-seat
theater, the updated facilities better serve the growing student
The St. Paul charter school relocated to an existing building in 2006.
Since then, the student population has grown exponentially. The
building, originally a health club, needed work to fit the vibrant k-12
programs. Kodet worked with the school staff and administration on two
previous phases before completing the most recent addition and
There are now distinct facilities for the K-8 and 9-12 programs. The
core of the addition includes 24 new high school classrooms. Along with
these are four science rooms, art, computer technology, special
education, and a media center. Moving the high school out of the
existing building also allows the K-8 program to expand their capacity.
Shared spaces, including a second gym and another lunchroom, create an
efficient use of space. The kitchen was doubled in size, and the school
can now serve over 1100 students a healthy and ethnically appropriate
meal twice a day.
One of the main features of the addition is space supporting the arts.
The theater, located directly off the new lobby, is used for the
school's fine arts programs and includes a green room, production area,
and more. The performance amenities make the space a valuable resource
for students and the community.
The school's site is small at 3.9 acres and includes the existing
building, required parking, and a steep grade change. The design team
maximized the available land by building into the slope, working with a
retaining wall specialist to design the 20-foot high steel sheet pile
retaining wall with tie-backs. Above the retaining wall the hillside was
planted with native, zero-irrigation plants and grasses to add beauty
and stabilize the hill.
The HCPA addition is pursuing LEED(R) certification to make tangible
their sustainable practices as a school. Compared to a typical school
design, the addition reduces overall power consumption by 15-20%,
reduces water use by up to 40%, captures and cleans 100% of stormwater
that falls on the site, and uses environmentally friendly interior
materials to promote the health of students, staff, and faculty.
Working closely with the clients to support the academic and community
interests, the design team was able to provide Hmong Academy high-end
spaces while staying within the school's $12.8 million budget and tight,
one-year project schedule. The state of the art auditorium was achieved
while maintaining high quality and functionality of the rest of the
spaces. The design team also worked with the school to complete the Xcel
Energy Assets program which uses computer models to predict energy use
and pinpoint areas to invest in energy efficiency upgrades, earning HCPA
$55,000 in rebates.
With the new amenities, classrooms, and support areas, Hmong Academy can
further their goals of providing a well-rounded education and cultural
environment to an ever growing population within its community.
Building Envelope: Centria, Acme
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Tubelite,
Interior: Curries, Marshfield
Flooring: Robbins, Forbo, Bigelow, Daltile
Lighting: Columbia, Axis, Prescolite, Access Lighting, Concealite