Life Learn Newsletter

Life Learn Winter 2016 Newsletter

In the latest issue of Life Learn, Paul Erickson travels beyond our country’s borders to improve education. Learn more about Paul’s recent involvement in the Jordan Schools Project. Also, find out how today’s commons spaces provide effective learning spaces for students, staff and community members as well as how ATS&R can assist your District with referendum planning.

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Life Learn Fall 2015 Newsletter

How do you get your community engaged in the planning process? Learn a simple five-step process that will provide everyone with an opportunity to listen, learn and share.

Did you know there’s more than one way to set up your learning spaces? Check out our recent design work at Burnsville High School where we helped them reimagine their classroom into flexible learning spaces!

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Life Learn Summer 2015 Newsletter

The Summer 2015 issue of our Life Learn newsletter features articles that talk about open school design becoming the new normal and capital funding approaches in Minnesota as well as an announcement congratulating our new associate partners.

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Check out Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School’s New Kindergarten Pod

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School shows off its newly renovated kindergarten pod and gymnasium. Take a peek at what’s inside their finished project in this video!

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Throughout the firm’s history, ATS&R has received numerous school design awards on a local and national level from various educational organizations and publications. The following list includes many of these awards and recognition our firm has received in recent years.

I.J. Holton Intermediate School

Austin Public Schools
Austin, MN
2014 Learning By Design, Spring Edition, Citation of Excellence
2014 Project of the Year, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
2014 Education Design Showcase, Honorable Mention
2014 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, Bronze Citation

Lourdes High School

Rochester Catholic Schools
Rochester, MN
2014 Learning By Design, Spring Edition, Honorable Mention

Groveland Elementary School Learning Commons

Minnetonka Public Schools
Minnetonka, MN
2013 American School & University, Educational Interiors Showcase, “Silver Citation”

Press Releases

ATS&R Selected to Design New Microbrewery and Tap Room by Hamel Brewing Company
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Minneapolis, MN – February 17, 2016– ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers was recently selected to design a new microbrewery and tap room for Hamel Brewing Company. The two-story, 5,316 square foot building will exhibit a barn-like appearance with the main level housing a bar and food service area. A second level mezzanine will provide additional seating for bar patrons with a deck to accommodate outdoor seating. The basement will house the microbrewery and storage for the bar. The microbrewery is scheduled to for bidding in late March 2016, with completion by the end of August 2016.

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CESA 10 Selects ATS&R for HVAC Engineering Upgrades at Weyauwega-Fremont School District

Minneapolis, MN – September 15, 2015 – CESA 10 recently selected ATS&R to provide engineering services for HVAC upgrades at the Weyauwega-Fremont School District in Wisconsin. ATS&R will work with the District to develop plans and specifications to replace the existing unit ventilators system with displacement ventilators or a variable air volume (VAV) systems, new boilers, DDC controls and chiller in the elementary school and a new VAV systems, duct work and boilers in the high school as well as replacement of the air handling units, a new chiller and DDC controls. ATS&R’s team will also model the design to determine the final HVAC system and will provide a life cycle cost evaluation for the modeled system.

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Boyceville Community School District Selects ATS&R

August 20, 2015 – Minneapolis, MN – The Boyceville Community School District in Wisconsin recently selected ATS&R to help the District develop a district-wide capital improvement plan including the high, middle and elementary schools as well as other District Structures. We’re excited to work with District administrators and staff on a plan that will guide the District’s future facilities investments to enhance indoor air quality, energy cost savings and enhanced material performance.

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Facility Planning: Wise Workout

Students need both physical exercise and brain workouts. Paul Erickson explains how the design of your educational facilities can support both of these activities in the latest issue of American School & University.

For student learners to achieve complete development, it’s essential they have access to facilities that support exercise –physical activity and skill development. The next several columns will focus on designing educational facilities that exercise both the brain and the body.

We typically think of exercise in terms of cardio fitness, free weights and sports. We exercise to build muscle and stamina, to maintain or improve our body’s vital indicators (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose level, etc.), and to remain healthy (preventing obesity, diabetes, and other conditions). For young and old alike, physical exercise makes one feel stronger, healthier and more mentally alert. As a result of these benefits, we expect to live longer, remain healthier as we age, enjoy our families, and make a long-lasting impact on our society.

To read the full article,please click here.

January 1, 2016, American School & University, By Paul Erickson

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Facility Planning: Expanding Our Vision

Check out Paul Erickson’s latest column from AS&U about making a difference in education at home and abroad.

To read the full article,please click here.

December 1, 2015, American School & University, By Paul Erickson

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Facility Planning: The ‘Gulf of Reluctance’

Building a bridge to those isolated by the idea of change.

Architects and educational leaders should consider four (4) steps in their efforts to design truly innovative schools: i) being collaborative and building partnerships, ii) communicating continually, iii) creating opportunities to see, feel and touch innovation and iv) anticipating reluctance.

Our natural instinct, when faced with the prospect of change, is to be cautious, conservative and concerned. It’s a whole lot easier to cling to the past than it is to grab on to the future. Yet, that is exactly why we design 21st century school facilities that function in dramatically different ways than 20th century factory models.

To read the full article in AS&U’s Schoolhouse Beat, please click here.

June 1, 2015, American School & University, By Tom Tapper