School staffers help program space needs
Staff and teachers in the Roaring Fork School District are involved in a planning process that might make many valley workers envious.Working groups of district employees are helping to define space and building needs in the schools where they spend their busy work weeks. From appropriately sized rest rooms to more storage space, from windows in all classrooms to drinking fountains on classroom sinks, district employees are keenly aware of what helps the educational process go smoothly each day.”This in an opportunity to tap into the collective resources of our staff in the development of future space needs for our district,” Superintendent Fred Wall said. “After this programming process is completed, the creative design process starts in which the community, along with staff, create buildings that fit their educational and community needs.”Wall said parents and community members are invited to contact school principals in order to get involved with building-design committees that will start meeting in late January and likely work through May. To assist in accomplishing the $86 million in building projects approved in November’s election, the school district has hired Architectural Resource Consultants Inc. as a construction manager-owner’s representative. The company has offices in Boulder and Avon, and has worked on school construction projects in Eagle and Summit counties.Project manager Tim Brekel will assist the district in selecting building architects in early January. The school district issued both Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals on Dec. 2 for architects wishing to design any of the new or remodeled buildings. Proposals are due by Dec. 20.The district’s goal is to complete the initial design process this winter in order for construction to begin at four schools after classes end June 1. Programming work sessions are under way at Basalt Elementary and Basalt High as well as at Crystal River Elementary and Roaring Fork High in Carbondale. Long-range facilities planner Pat Ziuchkovski guided staff through an interactive work session last week at Basalt Elementary to incorporate as many requests as possible while still staying within square-footage limits, building budgets and projected student enrollment. The programming step also ensures that elementary, middle and high schools across the district will have equitable spaces and facilities, Wall explained.BES staff asked for architects to include environmentally friendly and energy-efficient designs, and wanted to keep building and classroom spaces as flexible as possible – such as with sound-insulated divider walls to meet changing instructional needs. Teachers learned that modernized buildings will free up classroom space through more efficient built-in video and overhead projector screens. Technology for wired and wireless connections also will be added.District officials explained that the same process of program development and design will be happening during 2005 at all other schools slated for remodeling or additions. To view the complete schools’ facilities plan, log on to http://www.rfkids.org. Or for specific questions, contact a school principal or the school district office at 384-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Suzie Romig is the RFSD’s public information officer.
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