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Construction Projects on Track

New Elmentary School Ground Breaking Steady progress has been made on plans to add onto Wayzata High School (WHS) and build an eighth elementary school to meet the needs of the district's growing student population.
After months of planning by committees made up of district staff, parents, students and architects, design documents for each project are close to completion.
High School Construction to Start by Early May
Final drawings for the high school project will be sent out to contractors for bids by the end of February. The WHS construction project consists of:
  • a four-story classroom and lab addition,
  • music/performing arts addition,
  • physical education addition/locker room expansion,
  • cafeteria expansion, and
  • new upper and lower commons areas. 

Bids will be received in mid-March and reviewed and approved by administration and the School Board prior to being awarded in mid-April. In addition, site approvals submitted to the City of Plymouth are scheduled to be reviewed in March. Formal groundbreaking of the WHS construction project is anticipated to happen in late April or early May, weather permitting, with the priority on starting with the four-story classroom addition. "I'm happy to report that as we go into the final design phase, the project is on schedule. There is a lot of enthusiasm throughout the building as we share the latest designs with students, parents and staff. This is a really exciting time for the entire Wayzata High School community," shared Scott Gengler, principal on special assignment overseeing the construction project.
"As work gets started this spring, we will be diligent in our efforts to minimize the impact of the construction on student learning. As much as possible, we will schedule the work that is most disruptive for off-peak hours after school, weekends and breaks," said Gengler.
WHS Summer Programs to be Relocated
A number of summer high school and community education programs normally held at WHS will be moved to other locations in the district due to the construction. The building is scheduled to be closed from June 15-July 31. More details about these program changes will be shared with parents and students in the coming months and an update will be provided in the next issue of the Communicator.
New Elementary School Ground Breaking in May
The new eighth elementary will be a two-story, 83,000 square foot building located just to the southwest of the intersection of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47.
"The entire process has been highly collaborative," said Karen Keffeler, principal of the new elementary school. Keffeler explained that the core planning group, consisting of district staff and parents, laid the foundation for a design that is collaborative, inviting and multi-purpose. Staff user groups were also reflective and creative with their ideas on the design of each space.
"I am most excited about the flow of the building," shared Keffeler. "The traffic pattern is compact, which gives a large building the feeling of closeness. The entry is also a focal point, inviting you in to see learning in progress and the spaces in each grade level area will provide a place for students to collaborate and share their ideas. Teachers will also have the opportunity to work together in a more open environment."
Final design documents for the elementary school will be issued to contractors for bidding by the end of March. Bids will be received, reviewed and awarded by late April in time for construction to begin in May. Site approvals have also been submitted to the City of Plymouth for approval. Discussion by the Planning Commission and Plymouth City Council is scheduled for February.
The new elementary and key portions of the WHS additions are scheduled to be open in the fall 2016. For more information send an email to