Breck School

Minneapolis, Minnesota / United States of America

Founded in 1886, Breck School is an independent, college-preparatory, PreK-12 school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Breck School commissioned this firm to perform master planning, a redesign of the overall site, renovation and expansion of existing buildings, and construction of new spaces, including playing fields and green spaces. The master plan included four phases of design.

Phase one entailed the demolition of an existing portion of the school and new construction of the 75,000 SF Upper School (High School). Special environmental care was taken to ensure that the footprint of the new building matches that of the old. The new building was constructed in the exact same location.

The new classrooms are designed in clusters to offer options for meeting in small and large groups and to provide spaces for individual learning with faculty members. Laboratories are designed with flexibility in mind, offering layouts that accommodate intense lab work and collaborative group discussion.

The heart of the Upper School is a vibrant, multistory, multi-functional gathering space. Each major academic zone opens into the central space, visually connecting all parts of the building: classrooms, labs, offices, and Media Center. Breck School is now LEED Silver Certified.

Architect of record

James Baird
Holabird & Root
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60603, United States
Phone: 3125371771
Fax: 3123571909


Scott Gilbertson
Gilbertson Photography, LLC
35 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: 6513036992