St. Cloud Tech High School
St. Cloud, MN
The new 324,000-square-foot St. Cloud Tech High School accommodates 1,600 students in grades 9-12 and cost just over $100 million. The building is divided into six integrated learning communities on two levels and features a combination of flexible learning spaces, group collaboration spaces, project and science labs and collaborative teaching spaces. Career and technical education spaces will be integrated throughout the building. The design is intended to be adaptable for the future, support a variety of learning styles and foster global preparedness.
Wells Concrete completed production and erection for this project at the end of June 2018 as the school opened in the fall 2019. The project included more than 100,000 square feet of precast concrete for the fieldhouse, auditorium and pool portion of this construction project. Nearly 20 pieces of stadia risers were placed in the pool area awaiting future spectators. 150 insulated wall panels showcasing a polish finish were used and erected in the auditorium and pool areas. In addition to polish, acid etch and sandblast finishes were used on various wall panels and spandrels.
Polish is a newer architectural feature for Wells Concrete and we are proud to be able to use it on this project. This polish process uses a series of diamond grinding wheels to polish the surface, which results in exposure of the aggregate with a smooth polished finish similar to polished granite.