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St. Croix Lutheran to construct new dormitory
The city of West St. Paul recently approved construction of a three-story, 152-bed dormitory on the campus of St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 in West St. Paul. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 30 at 6:15 p.m.
Construction of the dormitory is scheduled to commence in June with an estimated completion of January 2015, according to the school’s announcement. The $6.7 million site improvement marks the single largest expenditure in the school’s 56-year history and will replace two existing dormitories, which have reached capacity.
St. Croix has provided a dormitory residence program for its students since the fall of 1995, when it converted living units for the priests and nuns who taught at the former Archbishop Brady High School.
Its boarding program is one of only five in the state of Minnesota and the only one in the Twin Cities metro area.
The school currently serves 500 local, national, and international students who come from 17 different countries worldwide. The dorm houses approximately 30 percent of the student body.
“The new dormitory will allow us to better welcome students from abroad who are seeking an excellent, Christ-centered, college prep education with a global perspective,” said St. Croix Lutheran president Gene Pfeifer. “It is a much-needed improvement to our campus and will serve our community well.”
The new three-story dormitory features bright rooms with modern furniture and plenty of storage. Each “family” wing has a study lounge area and a private apartment for each of the six dorm supervisors. The lower level provides additional storage space, a dining hall, game room, laundry facilities, and a kitchen.
St. Croix Lutheran is a private, Christian college prep school established in 1958. The campus has moved from the basement of a church to a six-classroom facility on Crusader Avenue in West St. Paul to the current 30-acre campus at 1200 Oakdale Ave.