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Feb 09th

Minneapolis Board of Education approves

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The Minneapolis Board of Education on October 12 voted to authorize agreements with Mortenson/Legacy Development and UrbanWorks Architecture to develop and construct a new Educational Service Center (ESC) at 1250 West Broadway. This vote follows the board’s approval of the project in May 2010 and funding for the design of the building in June.

Moving to a new ESC will provide the school district with cost savings in the near term and long term. The annual operating costs of the new ESC will be almost two million dollars less than the annual operating costs of the four existing administrative buildings. Over thirty years, the building will provide MPS with savings totaling $20 million.

The new ESC will serve well over 1,000 students, staff, families and community members each day, housing Adult Basic Education classes, the Northside Welcome Center for families enrolling their children in the Minneapolis Public Schools, testing for kindergarten and English Language Learner students, an assembly room for Board of Education meetings, professional development classrooms for district staff, a conference center and community meeting space. Administrative staff from 807 NE Broadway, Webster and departments formerly located in the Lehmann Center and the current 1250 West Broadway building will move to the new ESC.

MPS has set aggressive goals for the participation of women and minority workers and business enterprise in the construction of the building. The newly-formed Minority, Women and Diverse Business Participation Oversight Committee will monitor and evaluate participation of minority, women and diverse businesses in ESC construction. In a commitment to environmental sustainability, MPS will pursue at least LEED-NC silver and B3 certification for the 173,768 square foot building. The design process included participation in the Xcel Energy Design Assistance Program to improve the building’s energy efficiency and reduce its operating cost and carbon footprint.

“I firmly believe that the plans for our right-sized Educational Service Center are integral to our commitment to creating sustainable finances,” said Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. “We are eager to proceed with development of this building, which will be flexible enough for the future needs of the district, serve as a beacon for future success and be a welcoming hub for all members of our community.”


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