Kraus-Anderson Construction Company received four 2014 Awards of Excellence from the Minnesota Construction Association at its annual gala in January, including the Award of Excellence for Longfellow Elementary in Minot, according to a press release.
Following the Souris River flood in 2011, Kraus-Anderson worked closely with FEMA and the Minot Public School District. Within a 40-day window, Kraus-Anderson set up 60 modular classrooms on three sites, including Longfellow, accommodating approximately 750 students from five school locations and allowing fall 2011 classes to start on schedule. By mid-November, a temporary "cafetorium" was erected at Longfellow, providing a welcome space for hot lunches and physical education classes.
The new Longfellow Elementary facility opened in time for the 2013-2014 school year. The addition includes a 24,850-square-foot, two-story classroom addition; 9,417-square-foot single-story classroom addition; and 8,120-square-foot gymnasium. Designed by JLG Architects, the renovation consisted of a 25,641-square-foot remodel; conversion of the gym into a cafeteria; and renovation of the entire school into a seamless, contemporary structure that retains original features such as the pledge of allegiance wall with state of the art classroom amenities including Smartboards.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. was recently honored for its work on Longfellow Elementary, shown in this undated photo, following the 2011 Souris River flood.
Kraus-Anderson is headquartered in Minneapolis, and has regional offices in Madison, Wis.; Minot; and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester, Minn.