Board Approves Design Development for Second High School
February 28, 2018

Board Approves Design Development for Second High School

The Waukee Community School District Board of Education approved the schematic design development for second high school on February 26, 2018.

The district has been working with the architect firm, Frevert Ramsey Kobes (frk) for the past several months on the design for the second high school building to be located 1/2 mile north of Hickman Road on R22.

The design development process for the building has been an inclusive process that has gathered input for 16 areas from representative staff in order to gain insight into space and requirements necessary to accommodate future curriculum delivery.

Input Areas

  1. Sciences
  2. Special Education
  3. Industrial Arts
  4. Shared Components-Computer Labs
  5. Professional Areas
  6. Student Learning areas
  7. Administration & Guidance
  8. Fitness & Wellness Areas
  9. Athletics & Locker Rooms
  10. Visual Arts
  11. Instrumental Music
  12. Vocal Music
  13. Auditorium & Black Box Theatre
  14. Media Spaces
  15. Family & Consumer Science
  16. Food Service

Architects Dave Briden and John Darveau explained to the board how through a series of meetings with staff their input was used to formulate options and vet solutions for each of the spaces within the building to best accommodate future requirements. These meetings provided the basis of design for room details, equipment and layouts for the each of these spaces.

In addition to staff input meetings, the design team has had and is continuing to have, regular meetings with city officials to coordinate site development, street access, utilities, as well as fire and building code details.  As the technical drawings develop, the team will continue to meet with district administration, city officials and power company representatives to coordinate requirements.

Final construction documents will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at the same board meeting that bids will be approved. The bid date is tentatively set for August. Provided an acceptable bid, work is slated to commence as soon as weather permits, with the intent that the facility would be completed and available prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year.

The improvements to the current high school and the scope of the work will be presented to the board later this spring.