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High school construction completed in recently merged Minnesota district

Feb. 9, 2023
The Rock Ridge district, formed when the Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert school systems combined, have built the $122 million Rock Ridge Career Academy High School.

The Rock Ridge (Minn.) district has completed construction of the $122 million Rock Ridge Career Academy High School.

The 280,000-square-foot facility in Virginia, Minn., has a variety of scales of learning spaces to support individual study, small-group collaboration and large-group presentation. Flexible furniture and space layouts will enable the school to adapt to ever-changing education needs over time without undergoing extensive renovations.

The Rock Ridge district was formed in 2020 when the Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert school systems merged. Construction of the high school began soon after the merger.

The design of the building maximizes natural light access and showcases regional materials, such as weathering steel panels and exposed timber.

The high school also has five fully synthetic turf athletics fields, a new stadium complex with a running track, grandstands and press box, competition pool, three-station gym, nature trail, wetlands boardwalk, fitness center, performing arts center and music facilities.

The school offers distinct career tracks: Business Management, Administration, Arts, Communications and Information Systems; Health and Human Services; and Agriculture, Food, Manufacturing, Construction, Engineering and Science.

The builder is Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, and the architects are Cuningham Group Architecture and DSGW Architects.

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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