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Conceptual renderings for Mountain Home High School’s proposed new facility received a design update in a visual presentation to school board members on May 19.
Josh Siebert, a partner at Modus Studio, showcased the new renderings while explaining how his team went back and met with key stakeholders such as the school principal, the administration, teachers from various groups like the library and even support services such as those in the cafeteria.
“You’re starting to see metal panel throughout and the wood framing behind,” said Siebert as he waved his laser pointer across the projection screen. “So, the cross laminated timber and what we call a ‘CLT’ in the industry. So, those kind of components throughout. We’re seeing the openness to the library as well as the classrooms beyond.”
The feedback drove many of the design updates. Siebert stated they revisited the exterior and questioned how to blend the campus in a long-term capacity with future phases down the road.
“As you start to work into the building again, creating this nice, very well lit up, very safe and secure entry point,” said Siebert.
School security has become a hot topic of debate across the country after the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where 19 elementary school children and two teachers were killed on May 24.
Siebert’s presentation contained various themes of ‘moments’ or experiences the students can have inside the proposed space.
“These are areas where there are student labs, science labs and they’re able to work outside,” said Siebert. “Even though you might be on the third floor, there are opportunities where again, those students can still interact with the outdoors.”
The presentation shifted focus to the cafeteria, the largest space in the new building where teachers and students can gather.
“They can have a little nooks where two to four students can eat. What we want to do is try to provide an opportunity and atmosphere that kind of arranges for everybody to eat here,” said Siebert.
The space is designed to be multi-functional for different types of events.
“I don’t think you have any place yet on campus that all the staff can go to one place. So, we’re thinking about that space as a multi-functional space,” said Siebert.
“The comfort in the cafeteria impresses me,” said recently re-elected Barbara Horton, Mountain Home Public Schools Board Member.
The presentation concluded with Siebert explaining that Modus Studio is ready to move away from schematic design and into to the next phase of planning.
“We’re ready to move into what we call the next phase, which is design / development, where we start to bring the engineers into the team, both civil, structural, MEP [mechanical, electrical and plumbing],” said Siebert.
The school board has set a special election date of Aug. 9 to present a millage increase to voters.
In March, the school board voted to approve a proposed budget that included a millage increase to cover the proposed $47 million remodel cost. If approved, Mountain Home School District residents can expect a 2.25 millage tax increase, which would cover the cost of the district’s three-year-long, two-phase remodeling plan to see a portion of the campus torn down and rebuilt into a three-story building.
“It’s a great time to be a bomber,” said Mountain Home Public Schools Board Member Lisa House.