Building Project

The current building that houses the Child Development Center at 1600 Rollins Avenue S.E. in Minneapolis will be updated to accommodate the new program that results from the unification of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School and CDC. Combining the approximately 140 full-day children from the CDC with the 100 half-day children from the lab school will require a new addition to the existing space and a reconfiguration of other spaces. The unified building will be approximately 35,244 square feet. It will provide space for combined programs and operations and ensure that all building code requirements are met, with updates and improvements where needed.

Overseen by the University's Capital Project Management team within University Services, the building update is an $11-million capital improvement project, for which the University administration is providing $10 million as an investment supporting academic mission. The College of Education and Human Development is providing $1 million and will support ongoing programmatic and operational costs as part of collegiate academic planning. Planning and construction for the Lab School-CDC Unified Building Project will engage administrators, teachers, and parents throughout the process, including representatives of the program planning Workgroup and Advisory Team. Disruption to current programs will be minimized during construction.

The updated building will incorporate features of both existing programs. The building’s features will include:  

  • 13 classrooms
  • Two curriculum libraries
  • Two multi-purpose rooms
  • Demonstration kitchen/art room/maker space
  • A wider entrance for easier pick-ups and drop-offs
  • A classroom for 40-50 students
  • New and reconfigured administrative office space
  • A research space suite
  • An expanded kitchen to accommodate 240 children
  • Improved technology
  • Teaching/observation rooms
  • Updated building codes to ensure compliance


schematic thumbnail PDF icon Unified Program Schematic Design


thumbnail image  PDF icon Unfied Program Final Predesign


rfp thumbnail  PDF icon Unified Program Schematic Design RFP

design phases

The predesign phase occurred from June to August 2019. The seven-month design phase is expected to begin in October 2019. View design process PDF.

Building Project TimelinePDF icon View the Building Project timeline



This site will provide ongoing updates on the planning and program unification process to keep parents, staff, teachers, and other stakeholders informed about progress and ensure opportunities for input.

If you have questions about the Unified Program, please email, and we will respond as soon as possible.


The Unified Program is one initiative of the Provost’s Child Care Planning for the Twin Cities Campus.

Read Spring 2021 update.