Math and Science Academy, 8430 Woodbury Crossing, Woodbury MN 55125
Phone Attendance: (651) 578-8061
Phone Main Line: (651) 578-7507

MSA Expansion Committee

Latest News

9/28/2022 - General Information About What The Expansion Group is Focused On

  • Conversations with a bond underwriter has begun as part of the budgeting process
  • Weekly progress meetings include a discussion of available properties
  • Priority is to stay in District 833 because most current students reside within this district and because of the current busing
  • Looking at vacant land and locations with pre-existing buildings, 20-40 acres
  • Focus on Woodbury and Cottage Grove properties
  • Met with the city planners at the City of Woodbury and the City of Cottage Grove for guidance on available properties and process for city approval
  • Some properties have been listed for sale; some owners have been approached unsolicited
  • For now, MSA has kept the search confidential so that it does not alert the market 

Expansion Committee Highlights - Timeline of Progress

  • 5/16/22 - Sent out RFPs for an Owner’s Representative (7 recommended firms)
  • 6/23/22 - 4 firms interviewed (NTH, InGensa, JB Vang)
  • 7/01/22- NTH selected as MSA’s owner’s rep by the Expansion Committee
  • 7/12/22 - NTH Tour, planning discussion
  • 7/19/22 - First bi-weekly progress meeting with NTH and a work group from MSA – Develop and execute on priorities (property search, select architectural firm, develop program, develop project budget through pricing exercises, select construction manager, back-to-school night)
  • 7/27/22 - Sent out RFPs for an architectural firm
  • 8/12/22 - 3 firms interviewed (Cuningham, Pope/Fielding, DSGW)
  • 8/19/22 - Cuningham selected as MSA’s architectural and design firm by the Expansion Committee
  • 8/23/22 - Architect onboarding, preliminary programming discussions, beginning planning back-to-school night
  • 9/1/22 - Cuningham and NTH attend back-to-school night
  • 9/6/22 - Sent out RPFs for a construction manager
  • 9/14/22 - Programming – NTH and Cuningham Meetings with MSA Departments
  • 9/21/22 - MSA Community Design Workshop #1 with Cuningham
  • 9/23/22 - 3-4 firms interviewed - Selection of Construction Manager by the Expansion Committee

Upcoming:

  • 9/28/22 - MSA Community Design Workshop #2 with Cuningham
  • 10/12/22 - MSA Community Design Workshop #3 with Cuningham
  • Nov-Dec - Program development, project budgeting/pricing exercises, stay/leave decision

MSA Groups Involved

  • Expansion work group – Attend weekly updates and planning sessions with NTH and Cuningham (Vetsch, Hinton, Ellingson, Eng, Thiegs)
  • School Expansion Committee – Board members, volunteers, and staff (Eng, Ellingson, Yapp, Diane Thiegs, Leigh Ann Ahmad, Langseth, Vetsch, Hinton) – Selection process and conducting interviews for owner’s rep, architect, and construction manager
  • Board of Directors – High level decisions, authorization of major contracts

Our Current Partner's Are:

  • Owners Rep - NTH - Responsiblities include budget and schedule.
  • Architect - Cuningham - Responsibilities include Design
  • Construction Manager - TBD - Responsibilities would be the build.

About NTH/Cunningham - Our Owner's Rep

Rationale for hiring NTH:

  • Their fee was the lowest.
  • They had a clear vision of how to help us decide if we should move or stay on our current site.
  • They had a plan to work with the City of Woodbury to determine our options on site and in other locations including market research.
  • They will support us in working with our community both internally and externally.
  • They will help organize community events and attend to answer questions.
  • They were clear that hitting our timeline was going to be difficult but are committed to doing everything they can to make this happen as quickly as possible.
  • If construction runs into 2025, they will help us find additional space while construction is completed.

Rationale for hiring Cuningham:

We selected Cuningham because we felt they could give us the best design.  There were 10 people on the committee Cuningham was the first choice for most and second choice for the few members who did not put them first.  The committee felt their vision and process was the best fit for MSA. 


Math and Science Academy
8430 Woodbury Crossing
Woodbury MN 55125
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Main School Line: (651) 578-7507
Attendance Line: (651) 578-8061
General Fax: (651) 578-7532
Student Records Fax: (651) 800-4600
E-Mail: info@mnmsa.org

The MSA Dragon

Authorizer Contact:
Liz Wynne - Director
(763) 557-6676 | liz.wynne2@gmail.com
P.O. Box 581639
Minneapolis, MN 55458-1639

Authorizer Performance Commendable Rank From Minnesota Department of Education