New elementary schools progress to design development phase
Welcome to the new Northwood Elementary
Posted on 03/30/2017
Welcome to the new Northwood Elementary School

The Northwood Elementary School replacement project has moved to the design development phase. A conceptual design plan and site specific educational specifications are being presented at community meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for May 19 at Northwood Elementary at 5 p.m.

The design development phase consists of:

Architects begin by creating basic concept diagrams and rough sketches. Conceptual brainstorming and exploration define this portion of the design process.

- The architect creates the initial design of building systems, but then expands the approved schematic design studies to develop a more detailed drawing illustrating other aspects of the proposed design, sometimes with help of consulting engineers.

- During this time the architect determines the general layout and overall appearance of both the project and the site. Sketches, drawings, and study models are prepared to help evaluate the ideas and concepts and set the final direction for refining the design.

- Once the size, layout, and character of the project and site are refined the architect begins to design feature elements such as stairs, cabinetry, and built-in furniture. Drawings are prepared which describe some of the important technical details.

- Plans, elevations, and sections through the building are developed. These include floor plans that show all of the spaces in the correct sizes and shapes. These outline specifications are a list of the major materials and room finishes.

- The architect then verifies the design complies with building codes and works with engineers to design the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. During this stage, the architect usually presents the design development and reviews the project cost estimation with the owner so the owner can provide their input. When an agreement is reached this design phase is finalized. By the end of this phase a large portion of the design work is completed.

The district Operations staff and architects are meeting bi-weekly with the City of Edgewood to discuss site issues. At times they bring in consultants to discuss specific issues such as traffic and permitting.

Firgrove, Sunrise, and the new elementary projects have also moved to design development. Conceptual plans will be posted in the coming weeks. Community meetings are also being held for these projects. More information can be found on the district Foundations For Our Future website, including the bond projects timeline chart.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It will replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, and build a new elementary school west of Meridian on South Hill.

The new and replacement schools are intended to relieve overcrowding from continued enrollment growth in the district’s elementary schools.