The South-Western City School District is on schedule to open the bidding process for the first phase of its facilities project in the spring, with construction on the first four elementary buildings expected to begin in early summer.
About half of the construction documents that will be presented to potential contractors have been completed and are about eight weeks away from "hitting the streets," said Mike Dingeldein of SHP Leading Design, the project architect.
Dingeldein presented an update on the project at the Jan. 28 school board meeting.
The board approved a resolution to create a "material bid package" to advance purchase the flooring materials for all buildings that will be constructed over the course of the project.
Advance purchase of the materials will give the district more control over "variables," Dingeldein said, and improve its purchasing power.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of new buildings at Monterey, Harmon, Alton Hall and Prairie Norton elementary schools.
Dingeldein provide an overview of the interior details planned for the new elementary buildings.
As with the exterior design, the interior will feature a mix of traditional materials with contemporary details, he said.
A "warm" color tone will be used throughout the buildings, which will help sustain cleaning and wear and tear, Dingeldein said.
Many of the spaces throughout the buildings will take advantage of daylight, he said.
The office will be secure, but welcoming, Dingeldein said.
The gym will be "a pretty generic space," with subtle use of the warm color scheme and activity markings on the floor and walls, he said.
"Day lighting will make (the gym) a nice place for daytime activities," Dingeldein said.
Color levels will be rotated and mixed from wing to wing in the elementary building, he said. Classrooms will feature a carpeted area for small group reading.
The media center will feature a group study area at one end and a soft reading area with a great deal of day lighting on the opposite side, Dingeldein said.
The illustrations accompanying Dingeldein's presentation can be viewed by clicking on the Jan. 28 board agenda posted at swcs.us.