Facilities Design & Construction

On May 8, 2018, residents voted to allow West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) to issue building bonds for additions, renovations, and repairs at all elementary and middle schools and the high school. The bond proceeds will be used to:

Conduct building and mechanical maintenance 
Modernize outdated classrooms and educational spaces
Improve fine arts and athletics spaces
Address handicapped accessibility and parking lot safety

Like most construction projects of this size, the district is planning a multi-year, phased approach for all improvements and repairs.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE (information available to date)

Chart showing design and construction phases by school and season from 2018 to 2021

In the design phase, stakeholder subcommittees at each school will collaborate with architects to further develop plans for their building. At the same time, focus groups of stakeholders will discuss design plans for defined areas within the elementary schools, middle schools, and high school, across secondary grade levels (5-12), or cover district-wide programs/facilities. 

Subcommittees and focus groups work independently; however, there will be overlap in the content of their discussions. All groups will work to ensure the priorities established by the Facilities Task Force in 2017 are maintained, and that designs address the needs and concerns of the school(s), program, or activity.

In order to ensure a smooth process, account for summer programming needs, etc. schools will complete the design process in two groups:

Group #1 (May 2018-August 2018): Garlough, Moreland, Pilot Knob, Friendly Hills, and Henry Sibley
Group #2 (November 2019-January 2020): Mendota, Somerset, and Heritage

The construction phase will take approximately three years to complete. Some smaller projects may begin in summer 2018, but most schools will see construction start during the 2018-2019 school year or summer 2019. Larger projects could take multiple years to complete. More information on construction schedules will be available as the final designs are developed.

The school board and administration are committed to providing the community with periodic updates regarding the design and construction phases. Please continue to check this website for new information and updates.

Construction and design updates will also be shared at school board meetings. Please check the agenda 
to confirm prior to the meeting using the link above. Past board presentations are available below.

If you have a comment regarding facility design or construction, please feel free to contact us using our online form: https://goo.gl/forms/CpJX0qv26sLwxn7k2

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