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First look at Minnehaha Academy's plans to rebuild after fatal explosion

The school released a series of renderings on Friday.
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Minnehaha Academy has revealed the first renderings of the planned rebuild of its campus following a devastating gas explosion last summer.

The private Christian school in south Minneapolis was tore apart by a blast at its Upper campus that killed 2 staff members.

On Friday, the 105-year-old school provided details on what appears to be a huge overhaul of the campus, which shows the construction of two new buildings at 3100 West River Parkway totaling a combined 100,000 square feet.


– How the Minnehaha Academy explosion unfolded.

The new buildings are designed to be "neutral and light, durable and sustainable and reflect the simple and modern Scandinavian sensibility of the school’s founders."

The school says the developments will meet the needs of future students and teachers "for the next 100 years," and will feature multi-use facilities, "spacious learning spaces with flexible furniture and layouts."

It'll also come with "restorative areas to nourish the mind and spirit," including window seating facing the outdoors and "casual spaces that facilitate conversation and connections."

Some of the design/development ideas came from students themselves.

The Minneapolis planning commission discussed the plans on Thursday, ahead of a public hearing next month.

The school is hoping to open in time for the 2019 academic year.

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