Two schools due for remodel |

Two schools due for remodel

The Re-1 board of education approved renovation and addition designs for Basalt High School and Glenwood Springs Middle School – the first resulting from an $86 million bond voters approved in November.Both projects are under budget and on schedule, each project’s architect said. BHS’s design advisory group made space for an additional room in the planned 13,500-square-foot addition, said Martha Bennett, of Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects.The extra room, however, doesn’t come from expanded square footage. The total size will remain the same, but the extra classroom came from combining allotments of planned “flexible space.” Flexible space allows room dimensions to change to accommodate different activities, Bennett said. BHS’s other flexible space is generally used in only one arrangement, which is why the school’s design advisory group opted for an additional classroom instead, she said.Outside the building, work should begin on BHS’s Field of Dreams as soon as this summer. Improvements to BHS’s athletic fields include lights, crowning to improve drainage, and adding a press box for the football field.The project, projected to cost more than $3.3 million, is $20,000 under budget.”It’s going to be great, and it’s going to be beautiful,” Bennett said.The board of education also approved remodels for GSMS. Outside, the building improvements range from fixing drainage problems to tearing out an unusable oval running track to make room for up to two youth soccer fields, said DPA Architectural Group’s principal Doug Porterfield.Inside, DPA will rework the administrative area to provide better supervision of visitors entering the building, he said. GSMS’s design advisory group also came up with a plan to increase the number of terminals in the school’s computer lab and hours the lab is open. The hours will be increased by designing the lab so that teachers and administrators can supervise the lab, but not necessarily have to be in the room, Porterfield said.

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