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Architects speak about bond issue projects

June 24, 2014

By Michael Strand, The Salina Journal, Kan.



June 24--Architects speak about bond issue projects

By MICHAEL STRAND Salina Journal -- Tuesday, June 24, 201412:10 AM

On April 9 -- the day after Salina voters approved a $110 million bond issue for improvements throughout the Salina School District -- Superintendent Bill Hall was asked how soon construction would start.

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On April 9 -- the day after Salina voters approved a $110 million bond issue for improvements throughout the Salina School District -- Superintendent Bill Hall was asked how soon construction would start.

Two architects who have been working with the district for more than a year outlined a timetable Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Salina Noon Rotary Club.

Charles Renz, with the Salina-based Jones Gillam Renz firm, and Kevin Greischar, with the Overland Park-based DLR Group, said work has been ongoing behind the scenes since April and that detailed design work on individual buildings would start later this summer.

Among that work is making selections such as floor tiles, heating and air-conditioning systems and plumbing fixtures that will be used for all of the new construction, Renz said, providing "continuity" and making long-term maintenance easier.

Each of the eight elementary schools will get additional rooms to house all-day kindergarten and special education and a multipurpose room that also can be used as a storm shelter.

Both middle schools will get storm shelter rooms. South Middle School also will get a new gym, making its facilities more like those at Lakewood Middle School.

The three "pods" at South High will be demolished and replaced with more traditional classrooms, Greischar said. Both high schools will get storm shelters and new spaces for career and technical education.

All schools will get security upgrades, such as a series of locked doors that will require all visitors to go through the office before getting into the rest of the building.

'Archetypes of space'

Greischar also talked about the "archetypes of space" and said those archetypes would be part of the design process.

Among them, he said, are "the cave," which he described as "a place where students can work alone or in a group, be quiet and study; "the campfire," where students can gather to share information; and "the mountaintop," where "students can go to share what they've done. ... That's not just the basketball court or football field."

Locals a priority

Greischar and Renz said the district had made a priority of trying to get local contractors involved in the construction projects and the timetables are a reflection of that.

Of the 12 largest projects, no more than three will be put out for bids in any given month, Renz said, making it more likely local businesses will be able to win some of the jobs.

The first bid, on Coronado Elementary School, is scheduled for January, with the final bid, on Sunset Elementary School, scheduled for October 2016.

Construction at South and Central high schools is scheduled to start in late summer 2015, with Central being completed in time for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and South being finished in January 2018.

-- Reporter Mike Strand can be reached at 822-1418 or by email at mstrand@salina.com.

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