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Construction complete on Rock Ridge Laurentian Elementary

The new elementary school is set to open in the fall.

A view of the entryway into the new Laurentian Elementary main commons area.
Construction was recently completed on the Laurentian Elementary School in the Rock Ridge School District. The main commons of the school features an indoor playground.
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EVELETH — Kraus-Anderson Duluth recently completed construction on the Laurentian Elementary, a $34 million school in the new Rock Ridge School District, according to a news release.

The school, located at 1409 Progress Parkway, is the first of three new schools to be completed as part of the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia school district consolidation program.

The 89,000-square-foot school was designed by Cuningham Group Architecture. The main commons area has an indoor playground and learning wings with studio spaces and glass doors than can open to join spaces for collaboration. The studios are also equipped with education audio-visual technology.

The school houses a gymnasium with one regulation-size court that can be split into two. Outside, there's a multipurpose athletic field, outdoor learning courtyard and playgrounds.

“It is truly enjoyable to work collaboratively with Cuningham Group Architecture, Architectural Resources Incorporated ... DSGW Architects and the Rock Ridge School District board, administration and staff to produce such amazing education facilities,” said Patrick Gallagher, Kraus-Anderson’s senior project manager for the Rock Ridge projects. “The continuous coordination of educational needs, design intent, budgeting and constructability has produced affordable and innovative state-of-the-art facilities that the community can be proud of. A great team effort.”

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The district plans to hold a ribbon-cutting and open house event in the spring. The school will open for students in the fall.

Construction is expected to be completed on the Rock Ridge Career Academy High School in 2023. The new North Star Elementary School in Virginia will begin construction in the fall and is expected to be finished for the 2024 academic year.

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