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GROW-IT Center at Metropolitan State University

292 worked with Metro State University on the planning, design, and construction of the GROW-IT Center, an urban agricultural facility. Located on campus in the East Side neighborhood of St. Paul, the two-phase project included revitalization of an existing greenhouse and construction of a new addition to support teaching and demonstration. Students will use the new center for labs and research in courses such as general biology, plant physiology, invertebrate biology, or community psychology,

The GROW-IT Center (Gateway for Research, Outreach, Workforce Development, Innovation and Teaching) is also an example of successful community partnerships. Urban Roots, a nonprofit that offers paid summer internships for East Side neighborhood teens to develop skills in farm-to-table food production and conservation, was a founding partner. Other partners include Metro State’s College of Sciences and Department of Psychology, Friends of Swede Hollow and First Lutheran Church.

Phase 1 included improvements to the existing greenhouse which had been vacant for more than five years. Those improvements included replacement of old, yellowed polycarbonate panels with acrylic ones, installation of a new shade system and cooling cells, and renovation of the existing restroom.

Phase 2 included construction of an 800 square-foot, climate-controlled addition, providing accessible toilet rooms, a small administration area, an entry vestibule, and teaching space.

LOCATION

St. Paul, MN

PHOTOGRAPHY

Stainless Real Estate Photography