Rosa Parks Elementary School

Rosa Parks Elementary School

Mankato, MN

105,000 Square Feet

Rosa Parks Elementary School is an energy efficient and environmentally friendly school, designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools Gold certification.

By minimizing operating costs and meeting maintenance needs, the district will maximize return on its investment through this new energy efficient, durable and long-lasting building. Some of the most cost effective features include a ground source heat pump system for heating and cooling; occupancy sensors for lighting; regional and recycled material use; water saving fixtures and landscape; as well as many indoor air quality strategies.

To enhance security, the school entrance is specifically designed so visitors must pass through the office before entering the school corridors. The parking area is separated into an upper level in front of the school for staff parking and parent pickups and a lower level in back is designated for buses.

The media center, with two adjacent computer labs will look over the two-story cafeteria. A public use area which remains open after school hours includes the gymnasium, meeting space and a small kitchen. Locally quarried Kasota stone pillars announce the entrance to the school. Grade level classrooms are clustered around support areas that include a common space in the center for group work as well as a restroom, storage and conference rooms.

Assisting the Mankato Area Public School District in planning for the referendum through construction administration on this project resulted in a more efficient process and was completed in cooperation with Wold Architects and Engineers.


  • Educational Planning Consultant – Wold Architects and Engineers


Pre K-12

  • Banfield Elementary School

  • Eagle Lake Elementary School

  • Faribault High School Fielitz Fitness Center

  • Faribault High School Pool

  • Farmington Synthetic Field

  • Forest City Athletic Facilities

  • Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (JWP)

  • Kasson-Mantorville Field

  • Loyola Catholic School

  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) School District

  • Rosa Parks Elementary School

  • Saint Peter High School

  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s Stem Building

  • West High School Cafeteria

  • West High School Science Lab