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Loring Community School entrance rendering

Loring Community School is scheduled to undergo a renovation and expansion starting as outlined below. To received periodic updates on project milestones and other news please sign up to receive e-alerts.

School Location: 2600 North 44th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Scope of Work

Provide building cooling, upgrade lunchroom and kitchen facilities to reflect current District food service operations, and enhance student safety through the relocation of the school office and redesign of the main building entrance. Replace certain building systems that are beyond their system lifecycle.

Project Updates:

June 1, 2020: This summer, Loring will continue to have updates to the building and grounds. While we have loved having our current monument sign on 44th that has the original sandstone plaques from the building, we will remove it in order to re-align the crosswalk in a safe manner. A new monument sign will be placed just to the west of the current sign. It will have an electronic marquis that will allow us to post current events and notices. The District will make every effort to salvage the sandstone plaques from the current sign and is planning on using the date plaque in the new sign. 

In addition, Loring will get new stage curtains and window coverings in the multipurpose room. This work will not only freshen up the highly used space, but bring it into compliance with fire code. 

May 27, 2020: There will be repairs done on the north parking lot, sidewalks, and playground area on the northwest corner of Loring Elementary School. Work is scheduled to begin June 8, 2020 and will be complete in time for the new 2020-21 school year. 

February 7, 2020: Loring Community School is planning on building a new school sign. We are planning on salvaging the sandstone plaques from the existing sign to be repurposed on the site. The new sign will contain the day plaque from the current sign and digital marquis. The digital marquis will be static and monochrome, to not take away from the charm of the school, community garden and park. An example of the sign design can be seen at Marcy Open School at 415, 4th street SE. Minneapolis. Below are images of the sign rendering and the Loring site plan, which includes possible locations for the new sign. If you have any further questions, please contact the Project Manager, Laurie McGinley at laurie.mcginley@mpls.k12.mn.us.

August 16, 2019: The contractors continue to focus on school readiness items for the students. Substantial completion for the building is set for August 16th, the kitchen for September 9th and the new office for September 12th. 

July 16, 2019: Due to mechanical challenges, the contractor is focusing on school readiness items, with a substantial completion of August 16, 2019. The kitchen and the office will have substantial completion the second week of September. 

June 6, 2019: There will be a crane on site this Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd at Loring Community School to install precast concrete on to the new addition. For safety precautions, the playground will be closed while the crane is on site. 

June 14, 2019: In coordination with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the board is demolishing the Wading pool in Victory Park starting Monday, June 17th. For inquiries on improvements being made to the park, please contact Minneapolis Park and Recreation. For safety precautions, the park will be shut down during demolition of the pool. 

February 28, 2019: Demolition of the existing main entrance and warming house will begin on Monday, March 4th and continue throughout the week. Excavation for the new addition will begin on approximately Monday, March 11th.

January 23, 2019: Loring Community School construction will begin in early February in areas of the school that will have minimum impact on teaching and learning. The school community and Victory Neighborhood can expect to see soil excavation on the portion of the building nearest the playground and work in below ground mechanical rooms.

During summer 2019, Loring Community School will be closed to the public because heavy construction will occur throughout June, July, and August. Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board anticipate that the playground at Victory Park will be available during the summer however the basketball courts and wading pool will be closed during summer 2019.

November 21, 2018: Team is finalizing documents for construction.

October 10, 2018: LHB and Adolfson & Petersen Construction are currently leading the final design coordination.  Worked described in the previous update is still on schedule for October 18-19.

September 28, 2018: On October 18-19 our contractor, Adolfson & Peterson, will remove concrete within the construction fencing. They will do this in order to prepare the ground for a late winter start of construction on the building addition.

The basketball courts located in the adjacent Victory Park will be enclosed within the construction fence at that time and will be unavailable for the duration of construction. 

July 9, 2018: Construction work at Loring Community School is in the design phase and we have selected a General Contractor, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, to work with our Architecture and Engineering team at LHB on the design. We anticipate beginning light work outside of the building as early as August 1, 2018 that will include: installing a permitter fence to mark construction areas, removing some concrete walkways, and removing the Maple tree that is between Door #9 and the playground. We looked at many ways to save the Maple tree and, in the end, we chose the design option that provides a safe and welcoming entrance to the school and allows for adequate administration space near that entrance. We will plant a new tree to replace the Maple that will be lost. Although construction on the building will not begin until the ground thaws in late winter/early spring of 2019, we are installing this site work to facilitate the start of construction and minimize changes during the school year. 

Project Schedule (subject to change):

Design Contract Approval: March 13, 2018

Design: Spring / Summer 2018

Site Preparation: August, 2018

Pre-Construction: Winter / Spring 2019

Construction:  Spring 2019

General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Completion: Substantial completion phase 1 in August, 2019, phase 2 in August, 2020

Loring Sign Rendering
Loring Sign Rendering
Sign Site Plan
Sign Site Plan
Loring Community School entrance
Loring Community School entrance
Loring Community School office
Loring Community School office
Loring Community School office
Loring Community School office
Entry Addition at Loring Community School
Entry Addition at Loring Community School
Groundbreaking Ceremony

February 5, 2019