Architects and Engineers Finalizing Cost Estimates For Renovation and Addition to Golden Brook School and Windham Middle School
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 7pm Banwell Architects and Eckman Engineering will present preliminary cost estimates of two proposed addition and renovation plans for Golden Brook School and Windham Middle School. The plans are intended to alleviate the overcrowding that has been plaguing the Windham School District for the last five years.
Windham LINK attended the joint meeting of the School Board and the Building & Grounds Committee last week during which Banwell Architects presented several options that were subsequently narrowed down to two; Option C Prime and Option D. Option C Prime includes the purchase of four acres of land adjacent to GBS and more readily allows for future expansion. Option D reuses several components of the existing GBS building and has a more compact floor plan.
Banwell noted the options presented last Tuesday included 3,000 square feet more program space than the School Board originally requested. This program space was added based on reviews by the Administration and to accommodate special education needs. Including the additional space will increase core capacity essential space (ie: circulation and large gathering areas), which need to be addressed. Banwell also proposed that one new gym should be built to align with the Department of Education recommended size of 7,000 sq. ft, versus the originally requested 6,000 sq. ft. gym.
Final cost estimates will also include renovations and a possible addition to Windham Middle School. Ultimately, the solution being proposed will result in Golden Brook School transitioning from a 600-student school (currently grades K-2) to a school with 1,000+ students (grades Pre-K - 4). The following is our understanding of the proposed Option C Prime and Option D that are specific to Golden Brook School.
Option C Prime
It was clear during the meeting that Option C Prime was preferred by the architects and Administration. Both Tina McCoy, our Interim Superintendent of Schools, and Ken Eyring, Chairman of the School Board, expressed their concern for the enormous overcrowding and the serious problem our District is facing.
Please attend the School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7pm in the Community Development Room to see initial drawings and hear preliminary cost estimates for the plans.
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