New Construction, Magnet School, Urban
The FAIR School Downtown, built atop a city-owned underground parking ramp in downtown Minneapolis and adjacent to a University of St. Thomas building, was a cooperative effort originally designed by Cuningham Group as an integrated magnet K-12 school for 600 students. The school has since adopted a fine arts, interdisciplinary focus for grades K-3 and 9-12. Cuningham Group assisted the school with pre-design services to help determine the facility implications of the new curriculum.
The school utilizes the urban downtown environment and its resources to make appropriate and full use of advanced technologies, hands-on experiential learning, and multi-cultural learning. Partnerships with downtown business, government and arts communities provide students with off-site learning settings to complement their overall education and growth.
“Schools as Centers of Community:A National Search for Excellence” Honor Society Award, 2004
American Institute of Architects Minneapolis
Merit Award, 2002
American Association of School Administrators (AASA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Walter Taylor Award, 2001
Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
James D. MacConnell Award, 2000
National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Exhibition of School Architecture Citation, 2000
American Institute of Architects Minnesota
Honor Award, 1999
Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Exhibition of School Architecture Project of Distinction, 1999