Part of the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Independent School District (ISD) 197, Heritage E-STEM serves approximately 800 middle school students in grades 5-8. The school exemplifies ISD 197’s commitment to “creating spaces that are geared towards collaboration and discovery.”
Students, teachers and staff of the newly renovated and expanded Heritage E-STEM Magnet School are experiencing brighter, quieter, more modern learning spaces created with Rockfon’s acoustic stone wool ceiling systems. Their challenging coursework requires an outstanding learning environment, including optimal and comfortable acoustics, healthy indoor air quality, and efficient lighting levels.
Minneapolis-based Lawal Scott Erickson (LSE) Architects, Inc. specified Rockfon stone wool ceiling panels, suspension systems and perimeter trim as the basis of design for the school. Delivering high sound absorption with a bright white, smooth surface, Rockfon Tropic has a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of up to 0.85. Acoustics have been found to play a critical role in learning, contributing not only to clear communication and understanding between students and teachers, but also concentration, attentiveness, staff job satisfaction and student test scores. Using ceiling products with higher NRC ratings also can help with cost savings because fewer sound-absorbing products, furnishings and finishes need to be installed to reach the rooms’ acoustic requirements.
Watch a construction video for Heritage E-STEM Magnet school here.
Heritage E-STEM Magnet School
West St. Paul, MN