Minneapolis Public Schools is proposing a new educational building at 2005 Lake Street East, a full city block between 20th Avenue South and 21st Avenue South, for its Adult Education and Transition Plus programs. The project will be a welcoming learning environment for adults, provide space that is both flexible and specialized, and be a place that fosters an active and inclusive sense of community.
The design proposes a three-story building along Lake Street consisting of three parts – a wing for each program and a communal center at its heart. This central space, known as the “Town Hall”, will be a social hub and provide common meeting rooms for both Minneapolis Public Schools and the community. Classrooms and specialty education areas will be tailored to specific needs, and the programs will realize a synergy by sharing areas of overlap – social zones, meeting rooms, staff work areas, and teacher collaboration. A courtyard and school bus drop-off in the middle of the block provides a safe and pedestrian-friendly outdoor amenity with access controls that allow it to be closed off and flexible for programming.