At an escalating rate, high schools are becoming de facto community centers and hubs for athletics at all levels. Like the neighboring communities it serves, the Prior Lake-Savage School District has been growing rapidly, with enrollment at Prior Lake High School expected to top 3,000 in grades 9 through 12 within a few years. With no community center to siphon off the growing demand for youth athletic facilities, the school district has shouldered the expanding load. Fall 2017, the district passed a $109.3 million bond referendum that included funds for additional athletic facilities.
Included in the bond referendum was $46.8 million for additions to the high school, including the new activity center with four courts and a weight room. The new activity center will benefit Prior Lake in more ways than one. It’s not just a facility for high school sports, but also an asset to the community.
Wells Concrete manufactured and installed more than 20,000 square feet of precast concrete components for the field house portion of this project, including wall panels and hollowcore plank. Architectural insulated wall panels showcase a beautiful mix of acid etch, sandblast and reveals for a façade that matches nicely with the high school’s current exterior.