Beacon Academy to Cut Ribbon on New Crystal Facility

Beacon Academy will cut the ribbon on its new 80,000 square foot facility in Crystal on Monday, August 28th.  A tuition-free K-8 public charter school, Beacon Academy will move its facilities from its former location in Maple Grove. The new facility offers the opportunity for enrollment growth and access to abundant green space on its 12-acre site, at 3415 Louisiana Ave. N. The new facility and site allow Beacon’s mission to thrive—providing Twin Cities families with a proven, rigorous, and content-rich curriculum, integrated with sequential Spanish language instruction.

Beacon Academy, along with project partners Cushman & Wakefield, RJM Construction, Rivera Architects, Lindquist & Vennum, Dougherty & Co. LLC, and Carlson McCain, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site, to include remarks from Sean Koster, Principal of Beacon Academy, as well as Crystal Mayor Jim Adams and City Council Member Nancy LaRoche. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a program and tours of the completed facility at its conclusion.

“We’re pleased that work for Beacon has resulted in a facility that will serve their needs while allowing them to grow,” said Paul Donovan, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield.

The Cushman & Wakefield team of Donovan, Jaclyn May, Gerhardt Gliege, Luke Appert, and Jeremy Striffler worked with the school to identify the ideal site for its permanent home. The team also guided the school through building the extended project team, accessing financing, handling the entitlement process with the City, coordinating the various requirements of the Minnesota Department Education, and managing the renovation and addition construction process over the past year.

Minneapolis-based RJM Construction acted as general contractor and Rivera Architects was designer. Interior demolition began last fall and finished in time for the beginning of this fall school term.