Ramstad Middle School1215 36th Avenue
Minot, ND 58701
Design Achievement - The most devastating and destructive flood to ever occur in North Dakota destroyed Minot Public Schools' Erik Ramstad Middle School in June, 2011. After flood waters receded, DLR Group was challenged to design a program-rich and space-comprehensive building that meets future enrollment needs, while complying with FEMA's requirements to build a new school of a similar size and of similar materials as the old building. The design features a contemporary building with clean, simple lines using minimal, durable materials. Neutral grays are highlighted by white metal panels and blue/gray tinted glass. Undulating horizontal patterns are used in some of the architectural precast panels to suggest the horizontality of the windswept plains. The façade incorporates a rich, red/brown brick used throughout the City of Minot. Blues, grays and whites mimic natural sky colors and complement the earthy colors and textures used elsewhere. The interior colors and materials retain the simple, clean lines of the exterior, with splashes of reds, blacks, grays and greens along with light, natural maple wood colors to create areas of both calm and excitement.
Scope Summary - The new 127,000 SF middle school accommodates 700 students in grades 6-8. Grade-specific classrooms are located on three levels with shared functions such as athletics, music/performance, technology and food service on the ground level. Science labs with shared preparation rooms are central to each grade level. Team resource workshops, testing and small group work spaces are located with classroom spaces all around them to allow for hands-on learning lab work, group presentations, testing rooms, and other dynamic collaboration zones. Athletic spaces include a competition swimming pool, weight training and fitness room, and double gymnasium. A recessed cafetorium with a raised stage area provides a flexible, student-oriented multi-use space for work, play, dining, and events and performance.