Winona State University, Education Village

Winona, Minnesota
LEO A DALY was selected to design the adaptive reuse of three buildings for the new location of the Winona State University College of Education. Each of the three received significant interior renovation, along with additions of varying sizes. Our design team developed a language to unite the buildings and create a common identity, primarily through the use of local materials.

Wabasha Hall – Constructed in 1958 as a classroom building, Wabasha’s outdoor courtyard is now a two-story atrium and new main entry – transforming into the center of the village. It features 12 classrooms and a child care center.

Wabasha Rec Center – The rec center currently includes two buildings, a gymnasium constructed in the 1920s and a 1992 gym addition, which contains climbing walls. The design calls for the addition, also known as John Nett Gym, to remain. The older portion will be demolished due to its condition and the cost associated with addressing its significantly deteriorated envelope and integrating code-compliant renovations. In its place, an addition south of the 1992 gym will provide the main building entry, departmental office space, one classroom, equipment storage and restrooms.

Cathedral School – Originally constructed as a school building in 1929, Cathedral School’s classrooms represent a learning environment that is aging, yet still exists in the spectrum of schools in the United States and in which a segment of future teachers will work. It presents a unique opportunity to create a thoroughly modern teaching apparatus within the context of a historic classroom “shell.” The building contains two classrooms, post-graduate teacher development functions and administrative offices, including the Dean’s suite. The location of these functions within the building enables students and faculty to experience the rich historic office and teaching spaces from early in the century.

The facility has a spectrum of learning spaces, from completely historic and low-tech to today’s active learning classrooms, STEM and robotics labs and maker spaces.


Winona State University

At a glance

90,932 SF


Adaptive reuse of three buildings


Architectural design

Interior design

Structural, electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering