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St. John the Baptist Catholic School

November 23, 2021 jill Blog


Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) recently completed a second story build out of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Jordan, Minnesota—a middle school originally built by AP back in 2004 that included a shelled space on the second floor.

The 13,000-square-foot expansion project included eight new classrooms, breakout rooms, a science lab, media rooms and restrooms.

It also included an innovative new ceiling system and a unique architectural cloud feature that provides exceptional acoustics.

The client contacted AP in March 2021 with the goal of completing the project in August.

This aggressive timeline presented a challenge since the construction documents were still in the early stages of schematic design, and the pandemic was causing supply chain delays.

AP recommended a design-build delivery in which the contractor folds the architect into the building contract. This delivery method helps control timing and push the schedule.

Under this model, AP set a guaranteed maximum price, developed a scope of services, put together a team of designers and trade partners, and successfully executed the contract in time for school to begin in September.

The recipe for success was AP’s commitment to availability and adaptability. Father Neil Bakker, the school’s principal and a champion of the project, was also instrumental to its success.

“Father Neil’s close cooperation, along with his responsiveness and willingness to use more accessible materials, allowed AP to achieve key milestones and meet the overall construction schedule,” said Tim Clark, vice president and director of operations for AP Midwest. “He is one of those great clients that we have formed a strong relationship with and love working with.”

AP credits creative problem solving, along with a close partnership with the client, for the success of the project.

Due to this collaborative approach, the project was completed on schedule and under budget and got the kids back in the classroom for the new school year!

Founded in 1946, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is one of the leading construction management firms in the U.S. and remains a trusted family-owned business known for quality, reliability and strong partner relationships. Dedication to its clients, communities, and employees, along with a commitment to core values and innovation, has allowed the company to remain an industry leader and dependable partner to school administrators for decades,

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