Grand Forks School Board OKs layout of new schoolAfter two months of its design committee working with consultants, the Grand Forks Public School Board approved preliminary designs for a new $15 million elementary school Monday night.
By: Brandi Jewett, Grand Forks Herald
After two months of its design committee working with consultants, the Grand Forks Public School Board approved preliminary designs for a new $15 million elementary school Monday night.
The board voted unanimously to accept schematic designs of the school building prepared by JLG Architects. Schematic designs plot room size shape but not necessarily interior look and function, according to JLG consultant Ted Rozeboom.
The elementary school, to be located on the city’s southern end near South 34th Street and 40th Avenue South, would be a two-story building that would hold 350 kids. It could eventually be expanded to accommodate 700 students.
“I’m having trouble with a two-story elementary school,” said board President Vicki Ericson.
Rozeboom acknowledged that most elementary schools are built as one-story buildings, but told the board the design would still be secure and promote learning.
“Securing this type of building in a lockdown situation will be much, much easier,” he said.
The ease in securing the building would come from its layout.
The school would have a clustering of classrooms called grade centers that would be positioned around a central learning common area.
After the first phase of construction, two grade levels would share one grade center. If additional classrooms are built in a second construction phase, each grade level would have its own center.
Board Member Mike St. Onge said he approved of the use of creating a pod system in the new school.
“I really like the way this is designed,” said. “The pods we’ve built before were a little rough.”
If both phases are completed, the building would be about 90,000 square feet in area and cost about $140 per square foot, Rozeboom said.
Land costs, playground equipment and creation of playground and athletic field space were not included in the $15 million price tag. The school board recently approved buying the property for $762,000.
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