Type: Education

Size: 48,000 square feet

Area: 6.5 acres

Developer: Ryan Companies

Architects: RSP Architects

Details: The Minnesota Autism Center, which operates eight locations in Minnesota, is proposing to expand its presence in Eagan with a new, 48,000-square-foot school building.

The nonprofit is seeking city permissions to construct the proposed two-story building adjacent to its existing school in the northeast quadrant of the Cedar Avenue-Hwy. 13 interchange in the city’s Cedar Grove district. Under the plans, the new building would serve primarily as a high school for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current building would be reserved for younger students.

In a narrative submitted to the city, the autism group says demand for its services is at an “all-time high” and is driving the expansion, noting that one in every 68 children is now being diagnosed with ASD. The nonprofit purchased the property at 3800 Tesseract Place last year and began working with Ryan Companies and RSP Architects on plans to develop a campus capable of serving up to 200 students.

The new building would include classrooms, meeting rooms, assembly areas and a gymnasium for 100 students. The 6.5-acre site also will feature a soccer field to be used by students at both facilities and reserve space for a possible 8,680-square-foot expansion.

It has been designed as two wings joined with a transparent glass entry link serving as “great hall.” The classroom wing features large windows while the gymnasium/cafeteria wing has a cantilevered glass expanse facing the residential neighborhood to the north.


Don Jacobson is a freelance writer in St. Paul. He can be contacted at hotproperty.startribune@gmail.com.