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Kraus-Anderson completes $15.5 million remodel and addition work to Plainview-Elgin-Millville

PLAINVIEW, Minn. (August 2020) – The Rochester office of Kraus-Anderson has completed remodels and additions to Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) Community Schools, a district that serves students in the communities of Plainview, Elgin and Millville, Minn., approximately 25 miles northeast of Rochester.
On Nov. 6, 2018 voters approved a $15.5 million district bond referendum project to improve safety and security, provide bathroom and accessibility upgrades, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements.  The work also includes new learning spaces, renovated science classrooms and Career and Technology Education (CTE) lab spaces to prepare students to succeed now and in the future. The 198,468-square-foot project was designed by Wendel Architects.
PEM PK-3 Elementary School, 9-12 High School Plainview Campus:
The project features a 78,537-square-foot remodel of the existing 225,000-square-foot high school building, featuring improvements for corridor circulation and accessibility, including a new ADA elevator in the center of the campus.  Renovations also include upgrades to student learning spaces that serve high school science and CTE classrooms.  These renovations will advance student learning opportunities, including the use of modern equipment in a layout that improves supervision, safety and collaborative teaching and learning.  Also, a 3,294-square-foot addition provides a new secure main entrance, a separate high school secure entry by the student parking lot and vestibule, and additional administration space for the high school portion of the campus.
PEM 4-6 Elementary School Elgin Campus:
The 51,536-square-foot remodel includes new HVAC, ceilings, lighting and upgraded bathrooms. A 400-square-foot addition provides a new secure entry and vestibule, as well as new fire sprinklers throughout the entire building.
PEM 7-8 Jr. High School Elgin Campus:
The 62,214-square-foot remodel features new HVAC, ceilings, lighting and upgraded bathrooms. A 600-square-foot addition includes a new secure entry and vestibule.
Matt Jech, Kraus-Anderson’s project superintendent at the high school campus, lives in Elgin and attended the Community School PK-12th grade. 
“PEM Community School had been much the same since I graduated from Plainview High School in 2011,” said Jech.  “It’s quite rewarding to come back and be a part of all the changes to a school that was a big part of my life for many years.  Now, my kids will be attending the same school.  I’m proud to have played a role in creating many of the improvements that will benefit the students, faculty and greater Plainview-Elgin-Millville community well into the future.” 
The remodel and addition is among of dozens of major K-12 construction projects Kraus-Anderson will work on this year during its “Summer Sprint,” a critical, concentrated time during the summer months when school is not in session and when crews can perform work that ranges from new school construction to upgrades to deferred maintenance projects.
KA continues to lead the field of regional education construction projects and is currently ranked 8th in the nation in the construction of K-12 facilities by Building Design and Construction magazine.  Over the past five years, KA has completed over $1 billion in K-12 projects.   KA’s comprehensive school construction services include facility analysis and budget approaches, leading to informed and successful referendum initiatives.
As the world continues to deal with and adapt to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kraus-Anderson’s top priority remains safety. The company has implemented stringent social distancing practices and other elevated safety protocol on construction job sites, details of which can be found at​.
About Kraus-Anderson
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company ( is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.


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