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Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Ctr

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    • Overview

      This project entailed the conversion of a 1932 limestone elementary school into an early learning center for the Little Earth Community.

      The new center provides culturally specific programs for the Little Earth Community, offers quality education in a rich and lively environment, and encourages parental interaction with the childhood learning process. The community-based design process involved a series of meetings with MSR throughout the design process. The Little Earth Residents Association and the Ownership Board compiled a list of ideas that would help make the former school building more culturally relevant to the Little Earth Community. The ideas generated in these meetings became central to the design and included the introduction of natural elements into and onto the building.

    • the design process included meetings with members of the neighborhood
    • the lobby ceiling displays Native American construction and craft technique
    • the daylight-filled classrooms are named for animals found in Minnesota‚Äôs North Woods
    • the floor of the community room depicts the Native American circle of life
    • Specifications

      Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Type: Adaptive reuse

      Size: 29,650 square feet

    • Awards

      Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Adaptive Reuse Achievement Award.

      Minneapolis Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) Award.

    • Project Contact

      Thomas Meyer

      • Architect / Principal
      • thomas@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3222
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