The pictures above are design samples of what the new exterior of the building may look like. They are not the final product, the design process will take place for several more weeks.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, KCBA Architects along with building and district administration met with teachers to begin the End User meetings. If you are not familiar with the term, End User meetings, these meetings are designed to hear from the person who will be using the space/facility at the end of the renovation. For example, the General Classroom End User meetings met with department chairs and
other teacher representatives. At these meetings, Jim Keifer, Senior Project Manager for KCBA, reviewed the proposed design of classrooms and provided an overall view of the entire building.
Teachers (pictured right with Jim Keiffer, Michael Wagman, and Shellie Feola) provided rich feedback on how to improve the general classrooms and heard about the overall renovation project of the school.
Teachers were pleased to hear how the renovation will strengthen programming, learning, and expand opportunities for students. On a lighter note, they were also relieved to hear that the loud Univents (AC units for each class) will be removed saving on space and reducing the distraction to students during learning. The new HVAC system will run through the ceiling and provide a more balanced temperature regulation of classrooms and quieter way to service the rooms.
Mr. Bannister, Social Studies Department Chairperson shared, "the End-User meetings provide an ideal forum for the exchange of both ideas and information. Stake-holders are encouraged to present ideas and air concerns, while the builders can convey the logic and parameters that shape the renovation designs. This collaboration ensures that a wide net has been cast to gather all concerns, and ensures a streamlined dissemination of information about the renovation.
STEM - A strong emphasis is placed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) which will increase instructional areas and equip teachers with state of the art facilities and resources to teach students. For example, the Engineering labs will gain three brand new rooms designed to meet industry standards and support our Project Lead the Way Engineering curriculum. The sciences will gain two additional science labs which will be equipped with the latest resources for a Biology and Physics lab. One of the new science labs will be larger than our regular labs allowing for larger student participation, more advanced lab experiments, and the versatility of using the lab for Biology or Physics. Both of our Chemistry labs will also experience a makeover bringing them up to current standards and equipping them with the tools to serve students for many years to come. All science labs and classrooms will be renovated and equipped with the resources to enhance our science programming and curriculum for the future.
Guidance Center - KCBA met with our Guidance Counselors (shown left) to review the new counseling center which will be equipped to host college visits, small counseling groups, new counseling offices, a future center where students can complete college applications and search for the best college for them, and a private area to meet with parents. The new guidance center will serve as an excellent resource for parents and students as they prepare for life beyond high school. It's our goal to provide a future center where students and parents can explore and learn about careers, investigate colleges and universities, and learn more about opportunities beyond high school.
Health Suite - Currently, the Nurse's suite is located in a remote area down behind the gymnasium. The renovation will move it to the Main Office and Library hallway providing quicker access for students and staff. In addition, the nurses office will be equipped with all new cabinetryand a handicap accessible restroom and exam room. This will allow for secure storage of medicine, records, and medical equipment.
Art Rooms - The Art rooms will be relocated to the west side of the building. This will allow the Art department to be in the same area and for the music area to be expanded. Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Scherer reviewed needs for the new Art room such as proper lighting for drawing, needed storage, kiln location, areas to display student art work, and the importance of sinks for cleaning and instructional activities.
Special Education - The design team also met with the Secondary Director of Special Education to review renovation plans for Special Education classrooms, facilities, and offices. A focus was placed on having our Life Skills classroom fitted to be totally handicap accessible and an area provided for storing student supplies.
End User meetings are also scheduled for later this week and next. The End User meetings are the beginning of a long journey of collaboration with teachers to ensure that the renovations are designed to best serve students and increase learning. In the upcoming End User meetings, architects and administration will be meeting with music, auditorium, athletics, physical education, technology, security, food service, and engineering.