The impressive new entrance completed at Coon Rapids High School last year was just the beginning. A second phase of construction is underway thanks to the Fit for the Future referendum voters approved in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in 2017.
This round of improvements at Coon Rapids will create a corridor of new space from the front entryway through to the south side of the building. It includes a second entrance similar to the first (though smaller), a new choir room, and a new fitness area.
Greg Cole, Anoka-Hennepin’s chief operations officer says the fitness center will be at least double the size of the current weight room with a focus on wellness. Cole says the fitness center and all the other new additions are designed for modern learning. Cole describes the new classrooms as similar to post-secondary settings.
“I think it’s going to be, first and foremost, super exciting for our students,” said Cole.
“Just creating bigger spaces for our students but also 21st century spaces, 21st century learning environments, which have a lot more movement and collaboration.”
Safety will improve as well. The two entrances and connecting corridor include a new security vestibule, and the design allows different sections of the building to be sealed off, depending on the activity.
Meanwhile, the school’s biomedical science program will receive a new "super lab." Similar to existing science classrooms in the school, but bigger and even better equipped. And about 15 existing classrooms will also receive a facelift and ventilation improvements.
The total project cost is $12.5 million dollars. Construction began this spring and will continue through the school year. It is expected to wrap up in August 2021.
Learn more at https://www.ahschools.us/fitforthefuture.