Architects introduce Re-1 board to idea of auditeria |

Architects introduce Re-1 board to idea of auditeria

Carbondale may get its first “auditeria” when the new Roaring Fork High School goes up on The North Face property in town.In a schematic design they presented to the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education this week, architects LKA Partners and RFHS administrators laid out a plan they hope will make the most of 90,300 square feet and $13.5 million.The auditeria combines the school’s cafeteria and auditorium, by putting tables and chairs for eating in the seating section of the auditorium – similar to the design at Grand Valley High School. The experience will be more like eating in an auditorium than watching a concert in a cafeteria, the group told the board of education. The auditeria is a large part of a section of school that RFHS’s design advisory group hopes will be a gathering area not only for students but also the community. To meet those goals, the schematic design groups the auditeria and library around the school’s main lobby, which features a dramatic second-story bridge through the middle.The school also arranges classrooms around breakout areas where teachers can meet with students outside the classroom. The neighborhoods could be divided by grade, subject or any other criteria, said principal Wendy Moore. The schematic calls for constructing the building in the lot between Meadowood Drive and Highway 133, with two parking lots closer to the road than to the school. So far the town of Carbondale has a few concerns with the site. The site plan currently includes parking for 144 vehicles, but the town would like to see the design include parking for 450 vehicles, the project’s architect said.But building that many parking spaces far exceeds what the school actually needs regularly, said Tim Brekel of Architectural Resource Consultants, who is coordinating much of the design and construction for the district. He likened 450 spaces to building a church for Easter Sunday crowds.The town also has concerns that students entering off of Meadowood may interfere with fire department traffic on the street, said Mayor Michael Hassig. The board of education also heard news on:– The district’s planned affordable housing development on the current Basalt High School site: Doug Pratte of the Land Studio put forward a conceptual plan that includes room for 27 units, which would first would house Re-1 employees, but might also house other government employees if space allows.The biggest obstacle remaining, Pratte said, is whether the district wants to subdivide the high school site, then develop it, or if it wants to hire a developer who will subdivide the site. Because state laws restricting things such as alcohol and firearms on school grounds, the site must be subdivided, he said.

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