Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Refined Campus Development DRAFT Plans and Construction Timeline Estimates

Over the past several weeks, the development of the Northern and Central campuses has been further refined with the help from a series of meetings and planning sessions.  The updated plans were presented to the School Board on Monday March 28th.

While these layouts remain conceptual they will continue to drive the design phase of the projects through the remainder of 2016, including schematic and design development for:
  • New middle schools
  • New stadiums
  • New pool facilities
  • Site improvements

A timeline and sequence of the construction is now taking shape, based on a number inter-dependent considerations. The sequence considers a logical path to complete the master plans and other improvements, allows for the maintenance and support of daily operations, and meets the funding timeline of the bond sales. Other considerations include:
  • Safety and site accessibility 
  • Educational continuity
  • Athletics and co-curricular programming impact
  • Consideration of logical and efficient design and construction sequencing
  • Operational capabilities
    • Facility operations and logistics support
    • Shutdown and startup transition (equipment, technology, etc.)
      Program Sequence and Timeline Anticipated Start and Completion
•PNHS stadium / athletics              Spring 2017 thru summer 2018
•New North Middle School            Spring 2017 thru summer 2019
•New pool @ Central campus        Spring 2017 thru winter 2018
•New Central Middle School          Spring 2018 thru summer 2020
•PCHS stadium / athletics               Spring 2018 thru summer 2019
•PCEC/CK improvements              Spring 2019 thru fall 2019
•West Middle School Renovate      Spring 2019 thru summer 2020
•New pool @ Northern campus      Summer 2019 thru winter 2020

Program Sequence and Timeline Buses and Technology
Buses will be acquired in phases over five years
•Began this past January (next purchase summer of 2017)
Technology will be acquired in phases over five years
•Supporting ongoing instruction(1 to 1)
•Other tech elements installed as new facilities come on line

A community forum is being planned for late April, date to be announced.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

User Group Meetings Help Continue to Shape Plans

User group meetings are underway this week on the 2015 Bond Building Projects.  Several sessions are being held to get input from a variety of  groups from across the district. Representatives from program areas included in the new construction projects are offering critical information to the project designers.
Academics and Curriculum
Media Center
Fine Arts
Food Service
STEAM  (Science, Technology Engineering Arts and Math)
Sports and Band
Booster Groups


Track and Field

                                                       Boosters and Concessions

The information gathered will be used by the architects and engineers as they develop specific schematic designs and project sequencing over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Advisory Groups Help Refine Campus Plans

Advisory Groups have been meeting over the last couple of weeks to offer insight and feedback on the preliminary master plans. At the March 14th meeting, the School Board was updated on that feedback and how community input is helping to shape the plans as they become more refined.

The designers are moving in the direction of a 3 story middle school concept to provide a compact footprint driven by the academic programs. Both Central and North Middle Schools will use the same prototype in order to save on design and construction costs but will allow for unique features of each campus.  Each building will be located on the campus in a way that will allow for future expansion.  Bob McGraw, Project Director from c2ae shared an updated vision on where the new buildings and facilities may be located based on additional site research and input from Advisory Committee Members.

Updated Northern Campus:

Updated Central Campus:

Advisory Groups for the athletic facilities and pools have also met, with more meetings scheduled in the next couple of week. Those groups are providing input on facility size, location and design features and will continue to refine those elements in upcoming meetings.

The next steps will include:
Additional Steering Committee and Advisory Group Design Sessions.
Project Sequence and Schedule- what will get build in which order?
Schematic Design of each Facility

Click here to see the entire slide show presented by c2ae at the March 14th School Board Meeting.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

School Board Approves Campus Master Plans

On Monday, February 29th the School Board approved the campus master plans for the new middle schools, pools and athletic event facilities. The plans were the result of work between the project architects c2ae/Stantec, the district's steering committee and advisory groups to arrive at construction zones for the new facilities.  These groups worked closely together to develop the preferred plans from a number of options developed for each site. Now that the master plan is approved, design work can begin. The architects, steering committee members and advisory groups will be narrowing down more specific site locations and facility designs based on site surveys, construction requirements, topography, set back requirements from the City of Portage and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as well as other architectural and engineering considerations.
North Campus Proposal

Central Campus Proposal

The next steps include:

  • Meeting with Steering Committee and Advisory Groups for design charettes
  • Creating a schematic design of each facility
  • Developing a project sequence
Click here to see the complete Power Point Presentation presented by C2ae/Stantec.