The new 324,000-square-foot St. Cloud Tech High School accommodates 1,600 students in grades 9-12 and cost just over $100 million to construct. The building is divided into six integrated learning communities on two levels and features a combination of flexible learning spaces, group collaboration spaces, project and science labs and collaborative teaching spaces. Career and technical education spaces will be integrated throughout the building. The design is intended to be adaptable for the future, support a variety of learning styles, and foster global preparedness.
Wells Concrete completed production and erection for this project at the end of June 2018 as the school opened in the fall 2019. The project included more than 100,000 square feet of precast concrete for the fieldhouse, auditorium, and pool portion of this new school. Nearly 20 pieces of stadia risers were placed in the pool area awaiting future spectators.
150 insulated wall panels showcasing a polish finish were used and erected in the auditorium and pool areas. Polishing, which is a new addition to Wells Concrete’s finish offerings, uses a series of diamond grinding wheels to polish the precast concrete surface, resulting in exposure of the aggregate with a smooth polished finish similar to polished granite. In addition to polish, acid etch and sandblast finishes were used on various wall panels and spandrels used in this project.