Anoka High School Additions and Remodel
The growing Anoka school system needed several additions at their school and wanted to make a substantial change in how it was viewed. The school hired Mike Kraft Architects to draw a complex series of additions that neatly tied into their existing façade while modernizing the aesthetic and nestling similar features into the existing floor plan.
Looking at the front façade, your imagination runs wild with a waving entrance many affectionately refer to as a “magic carpet”. Walking through the brand-new weight room you experience an expectation of excellence. Many of the other spaces show a modern aesthetic while paying homage to the existing structure. The added and much needed ADA compliance at a 2nd entrance, expanded cafeteria seating, and a lobby area that inspires, all feature significant natural light.
This project was far from an easy addition. It required BCI to construct a new entrance directly in front of and adjacent to the existing entrance while maintaining ingress and egress for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the existing main entrance during construction. The BCI team arrived at the creative solution of creating a safe tunnel access through the new construction by tying storage containers together, fully outfitted with lighting and other safety precautions. The project was able to move forward while minimizing the disruption to the normal and necessary flow of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the high school. Creative and effective solutions like this are possible with partners committed to working together to find solutions and keep the project moving forward to a successful conclusion.