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Bethune Arts Elementary School



Bethune Arts Elementary School is scheduled to undergo a significant renovation and is outlined below.  To receive periodic updates on project milestones and other news, please sign up to receive e-alerts.

919 Emerson Ave. N

Scope of Work

Bethune Arts Magnet and Performance Addition Project 

The project includes design and construction of a performance space, upgrades to dance, choir and band rooms; and full service community school upgrades.

Project Updates

December 2023: 

    • Rebates
    • Closeout submittals from Shaw Lundquist
    • Final payment

October 2023: 

  • CLOSE OUT PENDING FINAL PAYMENT.  Final Update, no more requests.

September 2023: 

  • Final walk through and 11 Month warranty walk through completed on 30Aug23. 
  • Minor issues for Shaw Lundquist to correct.
  • Project in Closeout/Warranty at this point w/ ACTION for Shaw Lundquist.
  • Re-Training for AV PENDING.
  • Shaw should be complete and closed out by end of September.

August 2023: 

  • Designer:  WOLD  Contractor:  Shaw Lundquist
  • Project In Punchlist/Closeout/Warranty
  • Addressing outstanding Punchlist & Warranty items
  • Awaiting Contractor Closeout items.
  • Expect full contract closeout by beginning of school.

June 2023: 

  • Project in punchlist/closeout.
  • Performance (Theater) is being used by Bethune
  • Expect closeout final payment in late June 2023

April 2023: 98% complete.  All supply chain items have been delivered.  Theatrical Sub., completing AV & Lighting controls.  Once complete, Wold/APF will Commission Performance.  Then final clean and it will be turned over to the school.  Expected turnover date – 1st week in May.

March 2023: There are no updates at this time.

February 2023: We are accepting a Value Engineering (VE) solution such that the performance addition will be complete and ready for use in early April.

January 2023: 

  • Majority of Performance Center Construction is complete.
  • Supply Chain Delays:
    • Cisco Network Switch (Specified)
      • MPS IT Dept., has a switch that can used in the interim until the switch arrives
    • Crestron Processor – Expected Delivery Aug 23
      • AV System
      • Theatrical Lighting System
  • Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    • Sometime in April or May 2023

December 2022: Architectural punchlist can be completed on the performance addition. We are close to also being able to both commission & complete the punchlist inspections for theatrical, electrical & mechanical. Next steps will be to complete owner training for theatrical.

November 2022: Construction – Performance Addition

October 2022: 

  • Interior Remodeling is complete except for the Kiln & AV for Gym/Band Rooms
  • Plan is to complete a FINAL Punchlist Walk through on 25Oct22.
  • Performance Center work is progressing and is contractually due on 30Dec22.
    • Potential supply chain issues with ETC AV Controller for Performance Center.

September 2022: 

Dance Room:

  • Floor had to be leveled
  • Due to curing, it took longer than expected.
  • Working in the room right now and it should be completed by the week of the 19th.

Performance Addition:

  • Shaw Lundquist is planning for turnover on Oct 31, 2022 but the contractual date was Dec 30, 2022. This is dependent on the seating arriving from Europe (Belgium) in a timely manner.


June 2022: Project is currently on track and there are no updates to report at this time.

May 1, 2022: 

  • Foundation work for the addition is nearly complete.
  • Underground Plumbing work is starting
  • Building steel and precast concrete frame will start being building this month

April 1, 2022: Shaw’s earthwork contractor – Kevitt, mobilized to site on Monday 4/4/22 and began clear & grub activities.  Over the next few weeks, they will need to remove unsuitable soils from the site and get to grade where they will begin helical piles.

February 4, 2022:

  • Pre-Construction Conference for Shaw Lundquist (General Contractor) scheduled for Tuesday – March 15, 2022 from 8:30 am to 10 am (Multi-Purpose/Lunchroom #124).
  • Shaw Lundquist to begin Mobilization on April 01, 2022
  • Shaw Lundquist to begin Foundation / Footing work sometime in April – after the frost is out.
  • Interior renovations for the Arts Magnet will not begin until after school ends in Mid-June and the spaces moved out.
  • Weekly Progress Meetings:  9 am to 10 am every Tuesday beginning on April 12, 2022 until end of October 2022.

January 4, 2022: Pre Construction Phase

Contact Us

Jeff Helstrom, Project Manager

Phone: 612-668-0305



Project Schedule*


Consultant: Wold

Design: 2021

Construction: Summer 2022

Designer: Wold Architects 

General Contractor: Shaw Lunquist


Project Photos and Resources

Bethune Arts Elementary School