Morris Elementary Update:
Progress continues on the gymnasium and classroom additions at Morris Elementary. The photos below were taken by Dave Silver who oversees construction projects on behalf of the district. Construction is on track to be completed later this spring with student and staff occupancy in August of 2019.
Morris Elementary Update:
If you’ve driven past Morris Elementary, you will notice a lot of changes and progress on the academic wing addition as well as the gymnasium.
Contractors are now in the process of working on interior finishes in the classroom addition. One feature of the classroom wing is a “hardened space,” which is several classrooms that also serve as a storm shelter in the event of high wind or tornado warnings. These classrooms have a 6” steel reinforced concrete slab that is anchored to the structure below. Additionally, this area has fully grouted anchored window frames and steel shuttered doors to protect occupants.
The gym is also moving along as well as the connection to the current building. The gym has roof trusses that are close to five feet tall, 85 feet long and weigh nearly 7000 pounds each. An additional parking lot on the south end will mean 80 additional parking spaces. This south parking lot has a total of 880 cubic yards of concrete.
Construction is on track to be completed later this spring with student and staff occupancy in August of 2019.
High School Auditorium Update:
In a matter of days, the Bondurant-Farrar High School Auditorium will be completed and turned over to the District for full occupancy. This will mark the completion of a project that our community and school have long awaited. The entire addition consists not only of the 710-seat auditorium but also a backstage area that includes dressing rooms, wardrobe and makeup area, scene shop, lobby area with large restrooms, ample storage on the second level and a 4560 square foot instrumental music classroom.
SVPA Architects designed the performing arts area and Story Construction managed the project that started in the Spring of 2017. Design and consulting leading up to the construction phase was over 7000 hours. Construction materials included 60 precast hollow core floor slabs and 81 precast wall panels. Wall panels are 48 feet tall at the stage and the fly space is 43 feet above the stage floor. The stage is 34 feet deep and 92 feet wide with the proscenium opening 52 feet wide and over 20 feet high. Ductwork in the auditorium is 5 feet 6 inches in diameter for cooling and heating. The sound and lighting are state of the art and include a 24-foot screen with high definition projection.
The community is invited to a formal “first look” at a grand opening on Tuesday, October 16th. The 6:00 p.m. grand opening is scheduled in advance of the first scheduled event in the auditorium, a 7:00 p.m. vocal concert featuring the Bondurant-Farrar High School choir and their guests the North Polk High School choir. The grand opening will include some short performances from Bondurant-Farrar students, recognition of individuals who made the project happen, and a reception with refreshments to follow. The public is invited to this event.
Other Summer Projects Completed and Morris Addition in Full Swing:
Other projects completed over the summer included a re-roofing project on a portion of the middle school, the addition of two roof-top units to air condition the middle school gym, remodeling of restrooms in the middle school, remodeling of the Anderson portables for a larger instrumental music space, and a refresh of flooring and paint in the middle school weight room. The high school weight room was moved from its former location to the former band room, thus more than doubling the size of that space for physical education classes.
Presently, the Morris Elementary addition project is in full swing. A fourth academic wing with eight classrooms and ancillary spaces is being built on the northwest corner of the building. A set of the classrooms will have “hardened walls” that will serve as improved tornado/storm shelters for all students. A gymnasium is being built on the south end of the building. The gym will alleviate daily scheduling challenges for physical education classes and will have an 84-foot competition floor for games as well as community rentals. Additional parking on the south end has been added and will help alleviate parking congestion at the start and end of the day. This project will wrap up early next summer and be online for the 2019-20 school year.
Finally, the District has begun to have discussions about our next building project. With continued growth in enrollment and residential planning in the community, it is believed that a new building will need to be completed by 2023. This year will be spent studying district needs to help target grade configuration and possible locations. The District will seek community feedback as this process begins.