St. Peter High School

St. Peter, MN | Education

Overview

From referendum planning to designing the key project, a new high school, ISG served as a full-service resource for this multi-year community effort that included the first new District building in the last 40 years.


Opportunity

Expected student enrollment has increased significantly in Saint Peter, forcing the community to rethink its school facilities. With upgrades needed in the elementary schools and shrinking available space in its middle and high schools, the District required a new facility.

Solution

From planning the referendum to designing the new high school, ISG helped the Saint Peter Public Schools move through dynamic changes. With a successful $58.6 million bond referendum vote, ISG designed a new high school for the District, which would allow the middle school to occupy the former high school. The new building has a student capacity of 850 with the ability to increase to 1,000 when core spaces like the food court and open commons area are included. In addition to offering modern classrooms, which foster student collaboration and flexibility, the new school provides spaces for performing arts, athletics, an academy and workforce center, and community-centered spaces.

The commons features a large wall of windows looking out over the courtyard and a pastoral setting beyond, with an outdoor District and community gathering space featuring a terrace for dining, decorative paving and seating options, outdoor classroom, and many other unique outdoor amenities.

To reconfigure the former high school into a new middle school, ISG provided designs to include renovated spaces including sophisticated science labs, a band and concert suite, and a lap and diving pool that will be deepened in order to meet new safety guidelines.


“ISG designed and developed a brand new school in a community that hadn’t built a District facility in more than 45 years—and the community loves it. The referendum passed on the first vote, but had the vote come after construction it would’ve passed by 95%."

- Paul Peterson, Superintendent, St. Peter Public Schools


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