Minneapolis’ Opus Design Build, L.L.C. has been awarded a contract by Convent of the Visitation School to design and construct a new 4,000-square-foot Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building at the school’s campus in Mendota Heights, Minn.
This project is part one of a two-phase renovation for the school. In addition to the STEM center, Opus will design and construct a new main entrance along with additional classrooms, study and gathering areas.
“We’re honored Visitation School selected Opus as its partner for this project, which will enhance the academic experience for students,” said Craig Larson, vice president of Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “Our expertise in the institutional sector will ensure we deliver a product that supports the school’s continued success.”
The STEM building will serve as workshop and assembly space for the school’s award-winning robotics program as well as engineering classes. The industrial-type space will feature concrete floor, work benches and a machine shop with state-of-the-art equipment. Additional office and classroom space will also be constructed. Concurrent with the work for the STEM building, an 1,800-square-foot expansion to the school’s dining area will be constructed.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our campus facilities and to once again partner with Opus,” said Dr. Dawn Nichols, head of school at Visitation. “We are confident that the development of the STEM building will enrich our college-prep curriculum, helping children of all ages more fully immerse themselves in rigorous, creative, hands-on learning.”
Construction on the STEM building began in September of 2012 and completion is scheduled for January of next year.