MOUNTAIN LAKE, Minn. – Remodeling and additions have been completed at Mountain Lakes Public Schools in southwest Minnesota.
The Rochester office of Kraus-Anderson has completed a 139,890-square-foot remodel and addition to Mountain Lake Public Schools in Mountain Lake, according to a news release on Monday, Aug. 31, and which serves more than 500 students in preschool-12th grade on a single campus.
The company said that in August 2018 voters approved a $13 million district bond referendum project. Designed by MLA Architects, the project included the demolition of an existing three-story section originally built in 1904, to be replaced with a new two-story classroom addition.
Safety and security upgrades include a new fire protection sprinkler system; updated fire alarm; new secure entrances with keyless access; and upgraded other facility infrastructure and maintenance items, including electrical, plumbing, lighting and windows.
The secondary portion of the campus received upgraded building security and improved student learning spaces, according to the news release, including new science classrooms, special education classrooms, flexible learning space, band and choir rooms and locker rooms.
The high school auditorium and theater was upgraded with new seating and sound and light improvements; and the Career and Technical (CTE) rooms were renovated to create modern learning spaces, including a welding shop and new foods lab, which will have six kitchens for students in grades 7-12. The elementary portion of the building added two new full-size classrooms along with a secured entrance.
The company said Mountain Lake Public School is one of dozens of major K-12 construction projects Kraus-Anderson has been working on this year during its "Summer Sprint" when schools have not been not in session. Work ranges from new school construction to upgrades and deferred maintenance projects.