Greenville BOE hears progress report from architectural firm

GREENVILLE – Progress at the new K-8 building was the main topic of discussion during the Greenville Board of Education’s Feb. 18 work session.

Representatives from the school’s architectural firm Garmann Miller and Associates, including Bruce Miller, architect and Shira Elder, site designer, and Bill Painter, construction administrator, were on hand to update the board.

“We’re in pretty good shape right now,” Miller said.

Painter went through a list of work projects currently under way, including finishing up roof work, with the roof deck being 80 percent complete over the junior high section of the building. Crews also are continuing interior projects, including painting in the gyms, locker rooms, kitchen, stage, art and music areas, Painter explained.

The sprinkler system has been installed as well as dry wall in the junior high area. Windows are expected to be delivered to the site in March.

Zero temperatures earlier in February did not deter work going on at that time, but actually brought crews in from the contractor’s other jobs to assist on the new school.

“I feel pretty good about where we’re at right now. We’re getting some good quality work,” Miller said.

An overview of the school’s extended-learning areas, which may be used for team-teaching and other student projects was given, with Miller calling the space a “21st century design concept.”

The extended learning space will include furniture that may be moved to configure needed work and learning spaces.

Shira showed board members the proposed playground areas and discussed play equipment, sitting spaces for students to hang out and landscape ideas that will be used.

Three separate play spaces are being created, she explained. The kindergarten wing will have its own space right next to their portion of the building – students will not have to cross parking lots.

Grades 1-4 and 5-8 will each have a play/activity area. Board members also are considering using some of the district’s current playground equipment at the new facility to help save on costs.

Play spaces will include benches, tables and trash receptacles, Shira said.

Shira also discussed the three entry and exit areas for buses, parent drop off and staff parking. Bus parking will be in the rear of the building, with 22 parking spaces being extended to 15-foot wide from originally proposed 12-foot wide spots. The driveway also will include 40-foot bus turnaround space.

The next phase of project bidding will begin next week, as bids for technology and furnishings go out, Miller said.

A few samples of furnishings were on display during the work session for those present to get a feel for what is being considered.

PHOTO CAPTION: An aerial view of Greenville’s new K-8 school shows progress is being made for the planned November completion.

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