By Eric Althoff
MINNEAPOLIS—The Twin Cities’ Independent School District 728, which has previously partnered with construction manager Stahl, will be ramping up its collaboration on several upcoming projects as the district’s needs continue to expand right along with its student populace.
The district, which serves Elk River, Rogers, Otsego and Zimmerman, will be working with Stahl to make add-ons and renovations to Rogers High School, VandenBerge Middle School and Zimmerman Middle/High School. Those schools require upgrades to their physical education facilities and outdoor athletic fields.
Additionally, Stahl will facilitate improvements to the Elk River High School Stadium—and will also be constructing, from the ground up, the new Prairie View Middle School.
Stahl will be working in conjunction with designer Wold Architects and Engineers on the battery of school projects.
“This is a really exciting time to be working with the District, and Wold is looking forward to construction starting at the Elk River High School Stadium and VandenBerge Middle School projects with Stahl,” Robert Sehm, an associate at Wold Architect and Engineers, said in a recent statement. “After working closely with the District to develop a Master Plan that addresses needs District-wide, it is wonderful to have the community’s support to implement these projects. I really think the community is going to be very happy with the projects once they are done.”
In November of 2019, voters approved a $113 million bond referendum to fund the district’s construction projects.
“Stahl continues to be a wonderful partner as we work to educate, inspire, and empower all learners,” Dr. Daniel Bittman, superintendent of ISD 728, said in a recent statement. “Their commitment to collaboration, innovation, equity and really listening to community and school district feedback have led to much success.”
Stahl has worked with ISD 728 before on various other projects, including an addition project at Elk River High School to build out an early childcare facility.
“We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with ISD 728 as they grow and improve the functional use and maintenance of their facilities throughout the District,” Lane Schoening, vice president of Stahl, said in a statement. “Our teams have developed years of collaborative experience and are deeply aligned in our mission to build modernized, beautiful educational environments for the next generation of learners.”
Construction for Prairie View Middle School is scheduled to be ready in time for the 2022-23 school year. The remainder of the construction projects throughout the district are slated for the end of 2025.