Alexandria, Minnesota

Alexandria Area High School

Open floor plans, daylighting, and flexibility are the foundations of Alexandria Area High School’s dramatic design. Crafted through an extensive, co-creative visioning process, the school features reconfigurable spaces that replace traditional classrooms and desks. Embodying the principals of NEXT Century Learning, the space is adaptable to the future of education and vocational training. A day-lit, three-story Community Commons serves as the heart of the school and as an informal gathering space that connects students and community. It also serves as the school cafeteria and a pre-function space for the theater.

Cuningham designed this project in collaboration with JLG Architects.


Client: Alexandria School District 206

Studio: Grow

Market: PK-12

Size: 285,000 Square Feet

Scope: New Construction

Services: Architecture, Interior Design

Delivery Method: Construction Manager as Adviser

Key Project Contacts:

"We wanted to build something of the future, we didn’t want to build a building that would be obsolete in 2025. Cuningham Group gave us the best idea of what would be possible with that.”

Terry Quist

Former Superintendent of Alexandria School District

Alexandria High School
Alexandria High School