Renovations Underway at Cooper High School
Construction crews are working on a $7.7 million dollar renovation at Cooper High School that will enhance security at the main entrance. The changes also include improved heating and cooling and upgrading many facets of the school’s auditorium. The renovation will continue into October.
“We’re really driving for a little bit of curb appeal,” said Rodger Schaefbauer, Director of Buildings and Grounds for the Robbinsdale School District. “Yes it will be very noticeable, but it was also required for security.”
The project has multiple phases, including architectural, mechanical and electrical upgrades. Designed by Lawal, Scott, & Erickson Architects, the entry will incorporate an expanded administration area with best practices secure entry features. The administration area will receive a new glass wall in place of the
current solid wall, and a new ‘storefront look’ in the main entry hall.
Cooper’s heating and cooling system will also be improved. There will be better sound and lighting in the auditorium and the facility will be ADA compliant.
“We want people to walk into Cooper High School and know that things are being addressed to make it more pleasant on that first impression ” Schaefbauer said. “Subsequently that allows them a better opportunity to succeed academically.”
District officials want the school to reflect the positive attributes of the school and neighborhood as well.
“The renovation of our foyer and auditorium will further enhance the educational experience we provide to our students and families, as well as ensuring we create a welcoming place for our extended Cooper Community to gather and to be proud of,” said principal Frank Herman, in a press release. “It’s a great day to be a Hawk.”