EDsession Program & Schedule
Together We Rise: Turning Tragedy into Triumph at Minnehaha Academy
Heidi Neumueller, Cuningham
John Pfluger, Cuningham
Wednesday, November 3
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
On August 2, 2017, a natural gas explosion destroyed the upper campus of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the Design and Construction Team was hired to get the students back “home” for the 2019 school year, they knew they had to delicately navigate a fast-tracked design timeline that would not only lead to a new school, but to the healing of a deeply-wounded community. Hear from the President of Minnehaha Academy, Donna Harris, a survivor of the explosion, along with members of the Design and Construction Team about the extraordinary collaborative approach they used to turn tragedy into triumph.
Learning Objective 1:
Leverage a collaborative approach, participants will be better positioned to navigate difficult and highly sensitive project challenges successfully.
Learning Objective 2:
Be able to better understand and apply an Integrated Project Delivery model to effectively navigate seemingly impossible schedules.
Learning Objective 3:
Learn the significance of connecting both emotionally and pragmatically to surmount community roadblocks and gain city approvals.
Learning Objective 4:
Be better able to collaborate and neutralize those strongly opposed to their projects turning adversaries into advocates.
AIA LU, IDCEC