North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale ISD 622

Carver Elementary School

No Place Like Carver

“Same Heart, Get Smart” was the message in the video that staff put together to promote the updates to Carver Elementary School. The 147,000-square-foot update includes a new three-wing addition designed to accommodate 1,000 students in grades 4-5 and replaced the old academic wing. This new construction also included special education rooms, STEM classrooms, music rooms, administration, staff and student toilets, secure entry provisions, and a new cafeteria/food services area.

Project Type Addition and Renovation
Location Maplewood, MN
Completion Date August 2022
The kindergarten room is flooded in natural daylight allowing the students and their teacher to participate in their activities in a comfortable and well-lit setting.

Helping Students Shine Bright

The building features a low-temp air mechanical system to help reduce the spread of germs and viruses as well as fully programmable lighting, sound reinforcements systems, natural lighting in nearly all learning spaces, and a background noise level below 37 dB.

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Access to the outdoors is just a step out of the walk-out style academic wing that allows the staff and students to take a break to grab some fresh air, stretch their legs, while building brighter futures, one game at a time.

Go Outside and Play

The facility sits on a 10-acre site that is directly adjacent to the Battle Creek Regional Park. Leveraging the proximity to this park was an important part of the vision for the school moving forward. The existing academic wing was designed as a walk-out style, two-story double-loaded wing to take advantage of the site and its proximity to the park.

The learning commons provides spaces for small group study as well as large group participation, all with access to natural daylight, a comfortable environment, optimal indoor air quality, and state-of-the-art technology.

The Education Design Model for All Elementaries

Receiving a dramatic facelift, Carver Elementary School has become the model for education design for all elementary schools districtwide.The building’s project goals focused on supporting teachers and students with targeting services within the learning commons, reducing student movement, and improving environmental wellness by using the Well Building Design Standards to guide decision making.

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