New GSHS to have classroom pods |

New GSHS to have classroom pods

Some long-standing fears of commercial property on Grand Avenue being turned into a parking lot may have been put to rest Wednesday night when architects and administrators presented a schematic design for the new Glenwood Springs High School to the board of education. The new building will have a “sculptural” presence on Grand Avenue, assistant principal Paul Freeman told the Roaring Fork School District board of education. Preliminary plans show a glass-encased hallway, community park and outdoor learning patio that will take up most of the Grand Avenue frontage.”It really is designed to interact with the community,” said principal Mike Wells. But that design doesn’t include plans to partner with a community theater, as the district had hoped. The possibility of partnering fell apart, despite talks with theater groups, said board member Bruce Wampler. The design does include the possibility of partnering with the Garfield County Library’s Glenwood Springs branch. The district and library will discuss that possibility next week. Most of the site’s parking will be accessed off 14th street, with spaces planned for 215 vehicles. Another parking lot is planned to be accessed from Grand, but set away from the street by the community park and a natural elevation change at the site. Architects, as in many of the district’s other projects, have planned for pods of classrooms in the building. The pods are planned on the second and third story of the building and could hold different departments or grades, said architect Mark Harris. The classrooms are also arranged to offer daylighting. The plan presented to the board of education was only 65 percent complete, and changes often, said architects. The plan presented to the board of education was only 65 percent complete, and changes often, said architects.

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