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 the neatly tied into their existing façade while modernizing the aesthetic and nestling similar features to the existing floor plan.
Looking at the front façade, your imagination runs wild with waving entrance many affectionately refer to as a magic carpet. Walking through the brand-new weight room makes believe an expectation of excellency exists. Many more of the other spaces showing modern aesthetic while paying homage to the existing structure. The added much needed ADA compliance at a 2nd entrance, expanded cafeteria seating, and the lobby area inspires featuring all the natural light.
This project was far from an easy addition. To tie into the old addition, a water line had to be moved and the height was unknown; landing right at the proposed building floor elevation, and decisions on what to do with that line were exhaustive. Building Permit delays crippled the project early and caused delays that were difficult to overcome. All parties remained committed to finding solutions that worked even though plans had to be altered. All while keeping the student body and staff active in more space than they started with. You learn a lot in these types of projects, especially when it comes to commitment and resolve.