Burroughs Elementary School

Minneapolis, MN

Kodet was commissioned by Minneapolis Public Schools to design a new building for Burroughs Community School at the site of the original facility.  Historic details from that original school building are referenced in the new design and the nearby creek is a central element in the layout of the school.  Spaces such as the media center and lunchroom are located so students can enjoy the views of this natural resource.   With an established school population at this facility and a site shared with a city park facility, community input was very important.  Spaces such as the gym, lunchroom and performance space are designed for easy evening access off a central lobby for post-event gatherings.

Burroughs Elementary School in the news:

The Wall Street Journal. “School Districts Spend to Assure Good Acoustics.”  Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Finance and Commerce.”Minneapolis School Gets an ‘A’ for Acoustical Design.”  Saturday, September 13, 2003

Ed Kodet gave a lecture on performance space, classroom acoustics, and community-based design at Burroughs Community School for the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) Annual Southwest Regional Conference.

Burroughs Community School was featured as a case study at CEFPI’s 4th annual High Performance Schools Symposium in a speech entitled, “What’s New with LEED & Where is Building Green Going?”