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Moorhead Area Public Schools Moorhead, MN

Moorhead High School Career Academy

The Moorhead High School Career Academy was an adaptive reuse project in which an existing big box store was transformed into a state-of-the-art educational institute. The renovation added a second floor and organized the existing space into classrooms, labs and collaborative spaces for students to use.

The Career Academy has 36 traditional classrooms, three food science kitchens and over 15 labs with unique specialties. These labs are used for everything from welding and metal fabrication to early childhood education and nursing. All classrooms have flexible seating for students, wireless connections for devices and multiple digital monitor devices for sharing and collaborating on ideas and lessons.

Project Specifications

Completion Date:2022
Square Footage:172,132
Design Features:Adaptive re-use of former Sam's Club building, customized large lab spaces coupled with smaller flex labs and traditional classroom spaces, common areas to accommodate a multitude of district needs
Scope of Work:Renovation, Master Planning, Referendum Support


ZBA Design Team:
CM Firm:Gehrtz Construction Services
Civil Consultant:MBN Engineering, Inc.
Structural Consultant:Heyer Engineering, Inc.
Mechanical Consultant:Martin Mechanical Design, Inc.
Electrical Consultant:MBN Engineering, Inc.