MinnesotaCRE Kraus-Anderson building $63 million school in Minnesota October 16, 2020 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via email Kraus-Anderson has begun construction on a new $63 million K-12 school for the Maple River School District on the south side of Mapleton, Minnesota, near County Highway 7. Serving students in the rural communities of Amboy, Good Thunder, Mapleton and Minnesota Lake in southern Minnesota, the extensive project is part of a long-range facilities plan funded by a $63.3 million bond referendum passed in February of 2020. The centralized campus will have balanced classroom sizes and equal access to resources and support. The improved learning environment will enhance students’ interactive, collaborative and social learning experience and prepare them for the changing workforce. In addition, students, staff and community members will benefit from improved air quality, accessibility and safety with a modern-day learning environment. Designed by ISG Architects, the campus will feature a two-story, 185,000-square-foot school with new classrooms, administration offices, three gymnasiums, playgrounds, kitchen, cafe and 500-seat auditorium. The learning spaces will be organized around an elementary wing that includes early childhood classrooms and a separate middle/high school wing that includes ag science and career and tech classrooms. Outdoor spaces will include new parking lots, retention ponds, walking paths and playfields for outdoor learning programs for all students. Maple River is among many rural communities that are facing the challenges of declining student enrollment as family farms are evolving into large, commercial enterprises. In addition, some of the district’s facilities are more than 90 years old. This led to the district’s first referendum vote in 2015. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.