Rochester Middle School

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Project Type: New Construction

Client: Rochester Public Schools

LHB began working with Rochester Public Schools on their $171.4 bond referendum which included asking their community to vote in favor of the construction of a new middle school. Upon successfully passing the referendum, LHB and local Rochester firm CRW Architecture + Design Group worked together with Rochester Public Schools and Knutson Construction.

The Rochester 2019 middle school, located on District property at 65th Street NW and 55th Avenue NW in Rochester, Minnesota, will be a new two-story school that will serve 1200 students in sixth through eighth grade. For the safety of the students, parents, staff, and visitors, the site design includes a separate bus loop from the main parking lot and deliveries. The site includes a public plaza, multiple fields, and hardscape play spaces.

The new school will have two, three-story academic wings with support areas that include flexible space for small group instruction, student collaboration, and project-based learning. The main entry opens to the cafeteria and the core of the building where shared spaces such as the gymnasium, art music rooms, and auxiliary support spaces for classes and the community. Special Education rooms are integrated throughout the building in the main core and classroom wings.

Student safety and security have been an overarching theme throughout the design, including the site layout, exterior facades, building plan, and interior features. This includes windows to see into the corridors from the classrooms as passive observation to address day to day actions of students. They can also be used for staff monitoring the classroom without being a distraction to the students. Each wing has the ability to lock down in case of an emergency or to keep them secure if the building is used by the public after-hours.

Creating an energy-efficient and healthy building was one of the main project goals. Key factors like the HVAC system, daylighting, and building materials are being used to provide a healthy and sustainable environment for students.

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