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K12 Schools Architecture & Engineering

Design to Inspire Learning

School districts engage us to help pursue their goals because we understand the delicate balance necessary to derive maximum value from the limited resources districts may have. We listen to your needs and collaborate through an inclusive design process that ensures you are always in the conversation and your priorities always remain front and center. Your students, staff, and community deserve schools they can be proud of. Our role is to guide you through the process to make that a reality.

A planning meeting for a K12 school project. Looking at architectural plans.

Facility planning based on your values & goals

Facility conditions assessments and long-range facilities plans are key to identifying and prioritizing your district’s needs. These reports serve as roadmaps to ensure that you allocate your budget in the most effective way possible and maximize the outcomes from your investment. During this stage we work with you to collect and assemble as much information as possible to gain a 360-degree understanding of your district. We will assess your facilities and systems, analyze enrollment trends, make recommendations to your LTFM plan, engage the community to make sure all voices are heard, and make recommendations accordingly.

LTFM budget, funding, school grants, finance

Funding strategies

We will work with you to maximize your financial resources and help you discover what options are available. We understand how school projects get funded and have helped numerous districts get their projects off the ground.

  • Grant review & writing
  • LTFM budgeting
  • Short/long-term debt analysis
  • Pre-referendum planning
Brainerd High School Performing Arts Center - K12 School Design

Spaces that fit your district

Creating an environment in which students can learn is much more involved than simply designing a structure. It’s about creating a sense of place that supports the curriculum, inspires learning, instills pride, and motivates students to excel. Most of all, it’s about designing a school in which students and faculty feel safe, comfortable, and fulfilled.

  • Student-focused design
  • User group engagement
  • Sustainable material selection
  • Cost-conscious construction
Baxter Elementary School - Baxter, MN - Construction

Design and construction

You will have an experienced guide with you from start to finish. Our architects, engineers, and project managers will help you assemble the right construction team and ensure that the design intent is achieved throughout the project. Our multi-discipline team draws on their eclectic backgrounds to provide you with creative solutions to complex problems when they arise, potentially saving thousands of dollars during construction.

  • Assistance with construction manager selection
  • Assurance that all systems run smoothly
  • Punch list and warranty reviews
Tammy Stellmach_Square
Dr. Tammy Stellmach
Baxter Elementary School

“I had my team of Baxter staff working with the Widseth architects and interior designers. They often came back with a new design that was exactly what we wanted. They have helped create some amazing learning spaces for our students.”

Watch How We Help School Districts

Watch dozens of videos that showcase how we help our K12 education clients. From innovative design solutions and school tours, to referendum videos and special events. Our architects and engineers help K12 school districts communicate their vision with students, staff, and the community.


Featured K12 School Projects

Laurentian Elementary School

In collaboration with Cuningham, lead design architect/architect of record.

K12 School Design News & Information