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Tomorrow's Schools: Bathrooms, Lockers, Even the Grass Will Look Different

Vaughn Dierks isn’t just planning the future of schools — he’s creating it. Dierks, Partner and CEO of Wold Architects & Engineers in St. Paul, is currently working on five high schools with a total project value of $516 million. The projects — in White Bear Lake, Oakdale, St. Paul, Mora and Owatonna — give a glimpse of how education settings are evolving.

Schools in the future, he said, will change furniture, technology and even the walls to fit the needs of individual students. He sees high schools moving toward gender-neutral locker rooms, fewer personal lockers, COVID-related adaptations and synthetic turf on athletic fields.

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