Immediately upon the passage of the referendum, SDS began working on the design and construction documents, with the intention of going out to bid in the early Spring of 2017.
To accommodate all the deficiencies addressed in the assessment, this K-12 facility will undergo numerous changes over its 18-month construction period, with the largest changes involving the demolition of the 1938 building and construction of a 66,340 square foot, two-story addition.
The 1938 three-story building currently houses several classrooms, the kitchen, and the school’s cafeteria. Demolishing this dilapidated facility will allow the district to gain much-needed outdoor playground space for elementary-aged students.
The major addition will be added to the school’s west side. This addition will house a new competition gymnasium, community weight facility, a commons / cafeteria, kitchen, Tech Ed labs, several classrooms on both the first and second floors, and new front offices for both the school and district. This new, secure office location will create a new main enterance for the school, and will allow the principals full views into the guest parking and playground areas, and the administrative staff full control of visitors entering the facility.
The school and district’s current office, along with two classrooms, will be partially demolished and partially converted into an early childhood center for children ages six-weeks to four-years old. This center will have an age-appropriate playground, a separate entry and parking for parents.
With a desire to reflect the school’s ‘northwoods’ location, while still sporting the school colors, deep purples along with warm natural materials and colors will be used throughout the space. The floor of the commons will boast terrazzo made from river pebbles, and wood ceilings will allow for an noninstitutional feel.
The phased construction is slated to begin in May of 2017 and will be fully complete in time to start the 2018-2019 academic year.