Shattuck-St. Mary’s Stem Building

Shattuck-St. Mary’s Stem Building

Faribault, MN

32,000 Square Feet

In order to continue providing their students with a cutting edge education, Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota renovated and expanded an existing building to serve their growing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Minimizing impacts to the students; renovation of an existing facility; and coordinating design and construction elements of the historic facility; were some of the challenges that were creatively addressed throughout this project in a partnership with Perkins+Will Architects.

The focus was to utilize the building as a learning tool. In order to accomplish this goal, unique elements were incorporated into the engineering design for the building including exposed structural framing and structural connections, high efficiency lighting, building controls and automation, and a geothermal HVAC system. The geothermal system utilized a loop field under the parade soccer field on campus and provides a significant annual operating savings for an educational building. The HVAC system was highlighted in the design with exposed ductwork throughout the building and a pump and controls room that is fully visible to the public to see the kinds of equipment required to operate a geothermal system. Site challenges included addressing repair and upgrades to some of the original campus infrastructure as well as a layout that maintained the terrain on site and preserved existing old growth trees.

As a result of the project, the renovated and expanded historic building located on this distinguished campus setting is replete with STEM learning components within the building itself, while also living up to the quality standards of the original builders.

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