Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 Quora Education Center

District 916’s new Capitol View Center was designed to support kids with neurobiological and emotional/behavioral disorders – students who struggle to learn in a traditional education environment.


Little Canada, MN


155,000 sq ft





Northeast Metro Intermediate School District needed a facility that catered to special needs students, with careful design consideration given to the temperature, noise, security, and lighting parameters.


In addition to energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, special features were included in the design, such as sound attenuation packages for air handlers and variable air volume boxes, isolation springs on equipment that vibrates, a combination audio and visual fire alarm system, a blue light mass notification system, and specialized lighting control systems. A unique feature to this project was that none of the mechanical could be located in the classrooms. All of the HVAC systems had to be routed through the hallways which required lock-step coordination between disciplines in both the design and implementation stages.


Project scope also included low voltage and technology systems including voice, data, and video system, paging system, access control, security systems including, video surveillance, and intrusion systems. The project was completed in the summer of 2018, just in time for the start of the 2018/2019 school year.

Key Contacts:
Randy Christenson, PE
Vice President, Commercial
Maria Pfeffer, PE
Director, Commercial
David Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Controls Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Protection
  • Integrated Energy Modeling
  • Mechanical Engineering

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