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Final open house set for new RFHS

The budget for a new Roaring Fork High School has increased about $2 million over the summer, from about $13.2 million to more than $15 million.

But Re-1 School District officials and architects say they have managed to not compromise the design in the effort to contain costs.

The public will get one last look at the design plans at an open house on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the RFHS media center, before construction starts. Construction for the school begins in November, at the former North Face site along Highway 133 at Meadowood Drive.



Plans for the expansion of Crystal River Elementary School, which is also part of the larger $86 million Re-1 bond issue approved by voters a year ago, will also be on display at the open house.

“We have had to work through some budget issues, and planning for some inflation that we hadn’t anticipated,” RFHS Principal Dale Parker said of the high school design.



For the most part, plans for a two-story, 90,000 square foot high school building at the 26-acre site remain unchanged from what came out of a 16-member Design Advisory Committee in the spring, Parker said.

“We did have to go through and do some value engineering,” he said.

That meant using less expensive materials in some cases, such as tile flooring instead of stained concrete.

“We haven’t had to cut out any classrooms or compromise space anywhere, and that was important,” Parker said. “We think we have our building now. It’s on budget and it’s on time.”

The centerpiece of the design is a modern library/media center, which will be located just to the right of the main south-facing entrance, taking advantage of the site’s views of Mt. Sopris. The design also includes an “auditeria,” or combined cafeteria/auditorium, and both a main gymnasium and auxiliary gym.

A two-story classroom wing will be situated to the eastern portion of the building, with an open walkway overlooking the library and front lobby area.

Parker said another aspect that they didn’t want to compromise were the use of energy efficient materials and design.

“Not only did the faculty have great buy-in with that, but the community felt that sustainability in the design was important,” he said, adding that use of natural light was a main focus.

“We put in a whole list of things we wanted to see, and there was not one of those things we wanted to cut,” Parker said. “Luckily, we didn’t have to touch any of that.”

Groundbreaking on both the high school and elementary school projects is slated for early November. Barring any setbacks, the new schools are expected to be completed by the time students return from winter break in January of 2007.


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