An exterior rendering of what Robbinsdale Cooper High School will look like after the $7.7 million renovation project.

Work is underway this summer to modernize Robbinsdale Cooper High School’s front entrance and auditorium, along with other interior and exterior construction. Work began mid-June and is expected to be completed by November.

After construction is finished, the front entrance of the building will feature a glass and metal main entry, and the administration offices will be expanded. According to district spokesperson Jodi Fiedler, the solid wall that separated administration from the foyer will now be glass, and the main entry hall will have a more eye-catching “storefront” look.

The auditorium will have a completely new look with new seating, ticketing and concessions areas, and new wall, ceiling and floor finishes. Much of the technology will also be replaced, including the audio-visual systems, theater and emergency lighting, and a complete replacement of the 20-year-old mechanical system components.

Accessibility improvements will be made to the theater and theater control room.

Maintenance on electrical and mechanical infrastructure will also occur, funded via long-term facilities management funds. The visitor parking lot will receive a new coat of asphalt in the later summer months.

Exterior work will continue through August and interior work is expected to be largely completed in October. The work will be completed by Kraus-Anderson.

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