After a successful referendum, Pequot Lakes Schools looked to restructure their grade organizations within district schools. Now, Pequot Lakes Middle School/High School serves grades 5-12.
The renovations distinguish the functions between middle school and high school. Evaluating how students use non-traditional classrooms to support continual learning throughout the day became the catalyst for the design. The new student commons acts as the school hub, connecting both the media center and a “passive” commons area that supports small group activities and independent study. By reassigning classrooms and centralizing resource spaces, the school accommodates the new organization of grades by using a cluster concept for each grade.
Additional work at the school includes the expansion and renovation of food service functions, new administration spaces, and renovations to entry points. To unify the building’s aesthetics, the design updates interior finishes while respecting the existing base finishes.