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STEM Campus Project

The Pequot Lakes district mission is to “inspire a passion for learning to ensure success for every student”; so it comes as no surprise that with the inspiration of that passion, the district continues to grow in enrollment year after year. As enrollment grows, so does the need for space; there are now more teachers than there are classrooms in the High School building. As if by design, the opportunity presented itself to purchase the old Lake Country Echo Newspaper building located on West Lake Street at the South side of the High School campus. In true service of its students and staff, Pequot Lakes district leadership jumped at the chance to bring a new and exciting space to life and continue to inspire a passion for learning through the development of the Pequot Lakes STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Campus.

Plans for the new building are currently underway and will house the robust and innovative course offerings in robotics, construction, and other career and technical education. Moving these courses into their own building, which is also situated next to the construction class’s home site on the North side of West Lake Street, will allow for the most purposeful space and program expansions. Not only will the students taking courses in the new building get the opportunity to take their learning to the next level, the workspace transition to the STEM Campus frees up 3 classrooms for use at the main High School campus. With dreams of providing students and staff with design, manufacturing, and finishing workspaces, the STEM Campus stands to greatly minimize the amount of time students spend traveling from building to building during class time to complete their work. Instead, students and staff can focus their energy on creativity, collaboration, and community by exploring and engaging in various STEM and career and technical education related projects throughout the school year.

Check back for more updates as this project progresses!

Design and Management

posted Nov 25, 2020, 11:51 AM by Maggie Velasco   [ updated Nov 25, 2020, 11:55 AM ]

With a project the size of the STEM Campus, it is important to Pequote Lakes district leadership that the right experts in the fields of design and project management were hired to ensure success. To bring the vision of the STEM Campus to life and meet current building codes and standards, the district has hired Wold Architects and Engineers. To begin the design process, Katelyn Chambers, the architect and project manager of record from Wold, has worked to develop design criteria by conferencing with district leadership, students, and staff. The design criteria were developed in alignment with the project’s purpose and outcomes. Safe and secure, professional and career oriented, and including both design and production activities areas are a few of the major design criteria elements that were developed for this project. Katelyn was a graduate of Pequot Lakes Schools with family members that still live in the area. When asked what this project means to her personally, Katelyn responded that this project, “ is important in shedding light onto different trades or professions to students while they are still in school. I am passionate about offering any information to high school students [about different career pathways] like my Pequot Lakes art and math teachers did for me with Architecture.” 


As the design process was underway and a completed design presented to district leadership (pictured: below), Pequot Lakes also leaned on the expertise in construction project management by hiring ICS. Nathan Norton the project manager from ICS will, “help establish a final budget, maintain a budget, track/monitor payments, create and update a construction schedule, provide onsite safety inspections, and provide onsite quality control.” He will work closely with the selected General Contractor to ensure the project is successful. With ties to the district as well, Nathan Norton and his wife Kari moved to Pequot Lakes in 2013 where Kari is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Eagle View Elementary. “I have been an active member of the Pequot Lakes Planning Commission for about 5 years and I feel an additional STEM space will benefit students for their futures in addition to making our community more competitive. With two young daughters [in the district], we love how Pequot Lakes is a smaller school district committed to providing a wide variety of meaningful learning opportunities.” 


Pequot Lakes district leadership looks forward to continuing the work with Wold and ICS as the STEM Campus project is brought to life over the coming years. Student involvement in the building process will also be a unique aspect of this particular construction build.

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