The Rochester, Minnesota, office of Kraus-Anderson has completed remodels and additions to Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) Community Schools, a district that serves students in the communities of Plainview, Elgin and Millville, Minnesota, about 25 miles northeast of Rochester.
On Nov. 6, 2018, voters approved a $15.5 million district bond referendum project to improve safety and security, provide bathroom and accessibility upgrades, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements.
The work also includes new learning spaces, renovated science classrooms and Career and Technology Education (CTE) lab spaces to prepare students to succeed now and in the future. The 198,468-square-foot project was designed by Wendel Architects.
PEM PK-3 Elementary School, 9-12 High School Plainview Campus:
The project features a 78,537-square-foot remodel of the existing 225,000-square-foot high school building, featuring improvements for corridor circulation and accessibility, including a new ADA elevator in the center of the campus. Renovations also include upgrades to student learning spaces that serve high school science and CTE classrooms. These renovations will advance student learning opportunities, including the use of modern equipment in a layout that improves supervision, safety and collaborative teaching and learning. Also, a 3,294-square-foot addition provides a new secure main entrance, a separate high school secure entry by the student parking lot and vestibule, and additional administration space for the high school portion of the campus.
PEM 4-6 Elementary School Elgin Campus:
The 51,536-square-foot remodel includes new HVAC, ceilings, lighting and upgraded bathrooms. A 400-square-foot addition provides a new secure entry and vestibule, as well as new fire sprinklers throughout the entire building.
PEM 7-8 Jr. High School Elgin Campus:
The 62,214-square-foot remodel features new HVAC, ceilings, lighting and upgraded bathrooms. A 600-square-foot addition includes a new secure entry and vestibule.
Matt Jech, Kraus-Anderson’s project superintendent at the high school campus, lives in Elgin and attended the Community School PK-12th grade.