Today, Minnesota United announces the completion of a five-month renovation project of the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club. The construction — undertaken in partnership with Target and led by Mortenson — began in February 2021.
“The Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club is a fantastic representation of the entire community: people of robust, diverse backgrounds working together to build a better future for each young person,” said Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright. “We are committed to creating spaces that welcome everyone, and these educational hubs are no different. With a great partner like Target, we are able to provide high quality access to education and resources to all the children in our community.”
The project at the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club, located in Saint Paul, Minn., renovated the club’s gymnasium, adding new sports court flooring, new equipment, and scoreboards, as well as turning an existing classroom into a STEAM Lab.
The STEAM Lab will be designed for all students to have enhanced exposure and access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through hands-on learning, experimentation and varied educational teachings. STEAM education — often not accessible to all students — integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations.
“Having a new STEAM lab for members of all ages gives us the ability to provide fun, educational, cutting-edge programming as well as offer valuable career exploration opportunities,” said Boys & Girls Club Branch Director Andrew Jones.