February 09, 2018 06:48 AM
After considering moving the school to a new location, Minnehaha Academy officials have endorsed plans to rebuild the Upper School at its existing location.
According to a release from the school's board of trustees, the Upper School will be rebuilt at its current 3100 West River Parkway site in Minneapolis.
The release states the board and its architecture and construction partners, Cuningham Group and Mortenson Construction, have met and agreed to a "flash track" process in determining plans for the rebuild.
"Ultimately, the Facilities Master Plan calls for major remodeling and reconstruction of the facilities housing the Lower and Middle Schools as well," the release states.
A natural gas explosion on Aug. 2, 2017 at the school's upper campus killed two staff members and injured nine other people.
A preliminary report put together by federal investigators stated the blast was caused by a gas explosion that occurred as workers were moving gas meters. However, a final report won't be ready until later this year, or early 2019.
As demolition continues, the board states a decision on the initial construction phase is expected by mid- to late March, with construction beginning in June.
"We remain committed to reopening at the 3100 site for the start of school in the fall of 2019," the board's release states.
View raw video from Chopper 5 of the initial Aug. 2 incident via the video player above.
Updated: February 09, 2018 06:48 AM
Created: February 09, 2018 06:14 AM
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