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School architect: building plan has been a ‘fun puzzle’

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board heard a presentation from Paul Youngquist and Luke Papillon from Architects Rego and Youngquist, Inc., on the district’s building project during a regular meeting Monday night.
The building project will create a new addition between the current GSL High School and Lincoln Junior High, as well as renovate some of the current buildings.
Youngquist said the project is moving along and that the company has been speaking with Glencoe city engineer Justin Black of Short Elliot Hendrickson on storm water and utility topics.
The biggest challenge for the construction project will be the elevation, as both the high school and junior high have several different elevations. Youngquist said it’s been a “fun puzzle” working with the grading.
Papillon presented the board with a room-by-room update of the current building plans. He said the company has met with user groups from different areas of the district such as the cafeteria to determine each room’s need.
Papillon reiterated the difficulty of the different elevations on the site but showed how the company will use ramps to make sure all the areas align.
Another factor Papillon said is looking at how the building will connect and what rooms need to be attached.
One main design for the new project is security. The project will add vestibules in both the junior high and high school so that visitors enter directly into an administrative office before getting access to the hallways and classrooms.
Another design Papillon explained was the cafeteria in the new addition that is separated for high school and elementary students by a folded wall. This wall will keep the two student groups separate but can be opened up to create a large, flexible room for events.
The project will also include a new gym with one main court and two side courts.
The locker rooms for the high school will be renovated. Papillon said the locker rooms presented a challenge because they have to serve the new gym, the existing pool and the field house, all of which are on different elevations. The company, however, designed ramping that will align each area.
Looking forward at the schedule, Youngquist said  he plans on getting civil engineering drawings in February so the bidding can begin.

For more, see the Dec. 16 print edition of The Chronicle.