Saint David's Center
Minnesota Department of Administration
3395 Plymouth Road Minnetonka, MN 55305
Saint David's Center
Renovation and Addition | 2016

Saint David’s Center is a preschool for children with special needs, primarily autism. This renovation and addition project included adding gym space, renovating classrooms, relocating and upgrading a playground, and adding a boardwalk to allow children to interact with the wetland. The project also included the replacement of inefficient mechanical units that had reached the end of their service life. One of the primary project goals related to sustainability was to provide natural light and connections to the surroundings – including a nature interpretive area. These connections to the outdoors are considered especially important for this population of students. With this in mind, the project team used daylighting studies to achieve high levels of natural light in all of the new spaces, and improved daylight in existing spaces where possible, exceeding the B3 requirement by 5%.

Recognizing the importance of operations and maintenance to ongoing building performance, St. David’s Center also developed and implemented a new work-order process to maintain the building envelope, including preventative maintenance checklists and schedules for each space. They also set up a process to conduct annual indoor air quality evaluations. Using the B3 Guidelines both added value to the project – especially related to daylighting, durability, and acoustics – and helped the project team save items from the Value Engineering chopping block. 

This project was a finalist for the 2016 Best of B3 Design Award.


Project Details
LocationMinnetonka, MN
Construction TypeRenovation and Addition
Building TypeClassroom, Healthcare
OrganizationMinnesota Department of Administration
OwnerSt David's Center for Child & Family Development
Building Area26,600 sf
Vegetated Area2.77 acres
Number Of Stories1
Year of Occupancy2016

Design Team
ArchitectPope Architects, Inc.
Mechanical EngineerGilbert Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Structural EngineerDLR Group
Civil EngineerWestwood Professional Services
Commissioning AgentGilbert Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Energy ModelerGilbert Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Electrical EngineerCollins Electrical Construction Co.
Landscape ArchitectOutWorks, Inc.
Building ManagerSt David's Center for Child & Family Development

Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

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