Group of Minnesota Schools Wraps Remodel Project

By SCN Staff

PLAINVIEW, Minn.—More than $15 million in remodel and addition work has been completed for several schools that are part of the Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) Community Schools, a district that serves the communities of Plainview, Elgin and Millville, approximately 25 miles northeast of Rochester, Minn.

Kraus-Anderson Construction was the general contractor on these projects that were approved by voters in late 2018. At that time, a $15.5 million district bond referendum passed to improve safety and security, provide bathroom and accessibility upgrades, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements. The work also includes new learning spaces, renovated science classrooms and Career and Technology Education (CTE) lab spaces.

At the PEM PK-3 Elementary School, 9-12 High School Plainview Campus, the project features a 78,537-square-foot remodel of the existing 225,000-square-foot high school building, featuring improvements for corridor circulation and accessibility, including a new ADA elevator in the center of the campus. Renovations also included upgrades to student learning spaces that serve high school science and CTE classrooms. These renovations will advance student learning opportunities, including the use of modern equipment in a layout that improves supervision, safety and collaborative teaching and learning. A 3,294-square-foot addition also provides a new secure main entrance, a separate high school secure entry by the student parking lot and vestibule, and additional administration space for the high school portion of the campus.

At the PEM 4-6 Elementary School Elgin Campus, the 51,536-square-foot remodel includes new HVAC, ceilings, lighting and upgraded bathrooms. A 400-square-foot addition provides a new secure entry and vestibule, as well as new fire sprinklers throughout the entire building.

At PEM 7-8 Junior High School Elgin Campus, the 62,214-square-foot remodel features new HVAC, ceilings, lighting and upgraded bathrooms. A 600-square-foot addition includes a new secure entry and vestibule.

The 198,468-square-foot project was designed by Wendel Architects.