Over the past month, the architects and their associated partners have met with district staff to review safety and security features, including placements of cameras and security doors; work on a furniture plan; and map out technology wiring and projector location.
In the design development phase of the project, many details get worked out and are used to inform cost estimating, which is done several times during design. Our approach is conservative -- developing the scope for a base bid then providing a list of “add-alternates” for the construction company to bid upon. As careful choices are made to reduce costs, it is hoped that some projects on the add-alt list can be completed. Our overall mission is to complete the additions on all three facilities and to do as much renovations as possible to existing space that are allowable, given the project budget.
In addition to new learning spaces, all three elementary schools will have new parking configurations, sprinkler systems, improved ADA access, conference room space, and other significant improvements.
With regards to learning spaces, the designed media centers, maker spaces, and learning commons are particularly impressive. These spaces are designed to provide educators with flexible space for innovative instructional practices. At right are three renderings of the spaces. While colors and details may change over the next couple of months, the general features provide a view of what will be available to students and staff when the buildings are complete.