In response to Minot’s growing population, the Minot Public School District proposed and advanced the addition of a new elementary school to the system. John Hoeven Elementary School is an 85,000 square foot building located in south Minot. The project cost was $23million.
Ackerman-Estvold architecture team members designed the new school building based on current and projected needs of the community. The construction system included insulated precast concrete exterior panels, pre-cast and poured concrete structural elements, and steel framing where required in certain spaces. Wall panels have various finishes including sandblast, waterwash, thin brick, and formliners. The facility houses grades Kindergarten through fifth grade and includes four sections per grade level. Other spaces included in the new school are Teacher Planning and Small Group Instruction, Team Resource Areas, Large Group/Team Teaching Discovery Spaces, a Band Room, Choral Room, and Special Education. With growing school safety concerns, a secured access main entrance was a priority on this project. The Administration area includes offices for the Principal, Nurse, Counselors, and a Staff Workroom. The Media Center adjoins an “Innovation Lab” where students create and display projects. A Cafeteria and Gymnasium provide activity spaces for the students.
Civil Engineering services were also completed by Ackerman-Estvold staff. Site improvements included a softball field, playground spaces, parking, and a student drop off/pick up drive to provide a safe student delivery system.