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Barnette Magnet School

Renovated exploratory magnet school in the far north

  • 440+


  • 72K

    Square Feet

  • 4


  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Fairbanks, Alaska

Preparing a school for the future while enhancing it's functionality in the present

Create. Explore. Reflect. Imagine. Learn. Grow. These are the exploratory concepts of Barnette Magnet School in the heart of Fairbanks.

The words are displayed graphically on the school’s exterior and helped define Stantec’s approach to the four-phase renovation and expansion of the K-8 facility.

Our creativity was challenged as we designed for the renovation of an occupied school with an innovative program. Our team developed a master plan to extend the life of the facility, improve its energy performance, and reinvigorate the learning environment.

The project started with site developments and Phase 2 included a gymnasium renovation and seismic upgrades. Phase 3 was an 18,000-sf two-story classroom and library addition that included a new commons that serves as the school’s main entry. The commons has extensive day lighting, creative colors, and a bridge connecting the new wing to the original school, which is being renovated in Phase 4.

As business partners with Stantec, Barnette Magnet School students won a CEFPI national competition to design the “School of the Future."

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Dean Syta, Senior Principal

There is nothing I enjoy more than solving a client’s problems. It’s an opportunity to make life better, safer, or more enjoyable.

Erik Dukes, Associate, Architect

Good design is the happy marriage of a client’s needs and a team committed to achieving the vision.

Dean Syta

Senior Principal

Erik Dukes

Associate, Architect

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