Alexandria, Minnesota


Alexandria Area High School

Market
K-12 Education
Region
Midwest USA
Client
Alexandria School District 206
Project Size
280,000 Square Feet
Status
Complete

New Construction, High School

Open floor plans, daylighting, mobility, and flexibility are exemplified in the new Alexandria Area High School. The design evolved from a large-scale public process with the community, students, and administrators, resulting in a 21st Century environment ready for the future of education and vocation.

Cuningham Group led a co-creative design process that organized the school into four wings: sports, performing arts, a 1,013-seat auditorium, and learning spaces. All are flanked by the three-story Community Commons at the heart of the school.

Educational programming is offered in four ‘academies’ in two three-story wings. These “Academies of Alexandria,” are small learning communities featuring adaptable spaces and hands-on labs. “Learning Stairs” provide informal gathering spaces. Glass classroom walls can be reconfigured as technology and classroom needs change, while mobile furnishings empower users to rearrange environments to support a wide range of learning activities.

Cuningham Group designed this project in collaboration with JLG Architects.

Awards

James D. MacConnell Award
Finalist, 2015

American School & University 2015 Architectural Portfolio
Citation, High School Category, 2015

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Northland Chapter FAB Awards
Education Category Winner and Members’ Choice Award Winner, 2015

Finance & Commerce
Top Projects Award, 2014

Commons Gallery

Flexible Learning

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