Berm College nearing completion | Education


Almost every day, Bermudian Springs administrators make a quick stroll around the south side of campus to check out the new college project.

Each week, they make a few suggestions for adjustments to make sure things are perfect for its grand opening on January 3rd.

“I’m excited, but we’re still working out the smallest details,” Superintendent Shane Hotchkiss said. “We pride ourselves on the details, the set-up of things and the thinking about everything. “

Inside the window, a visitor can see tiled floors gathering, boxed supplies, and furniture stacked in music rooms and physical training areas. Some exterior walls also need to be finished.

Do not worry. Despite supply chain delays and early COVID-19 disruptions, the $ 38 million, 140,000 square foot project is expected to open on time, Hotchkiss said. The district aims to obtain an occupancy permit by Friday, December 17, which will allow teachers, administrators and possibly students to tour the building.

“We spent a lot of time. It’s been years in the planning. I’m not saying it’s going to be perfect, but we’ve got everything we need to get started, ”Hotchkiss said. “We want to live in space for a bit before we go to this.”

The developers took a main street approach when designing the interior of the building, which achieved its goal of being flexible and well-lit. The neighborhood has also installed more high-speed internet access points than all the other buildings in the neighborhood combined, Hotchkiss said.

“We are going to take those from the old building and divide them between the high school and the primary school,” he said.

Students will enter a secure vestibule at the west-facing entrance to the building where the administration and main offices are located. Guidance desks, a kitchen and an expanded nursing station with private examination room and full-size shower are located in the area.

On the left side of the main street are two academic wings with staggered standard classrooms. The two-story corridors are carefully separated by grade level. On the right are the music and sports areas.

In standard classrooms, students and teachers alike have a choice of pointed desks grouped into modules, tall tables, and more comfortable seating in standard classrooms. TVs and whiteboards line one wall of each room. Almost all furniture and desks are on wheels, and a combination of sliding glass doors and retractable garage doors makes it possible to redesign classroom spaces on the fly.

“Almost all classrooms have a lot of windows,” Hotchkiss said. “There is a lot of natural light. “

Between the two hallways are two lab-style classrooms, approximately 2,500 square feet each, and two learning commons. On the ground floor are creative art and technical education rooms which were still under construction on Tuesday. On the top floor are science rooms identifiable by their green walls, rigid counters with sinks, and several power outlets extending from the ceiling.

“We have tried to put in place enough infrastructure to be able to accommodate students now and in the future,” Hotchkiss said. “We can really grow in these classrooms. “

Outside the classrooms, a long open walkway allows students to look over a railing towards the classrooms and the main walkway below. A media center, which was blocked on Tuesday as tiles continued to lay, is located opposite the cafeteria.

The first just past the main office leads to the music rooms on the south side of the building.

The large orchestral and choir rehearsal areas are equipped with acoustic panels and 86-inch screen televisions, as well as lockers for student personal effects. An area with large sliding storage cupboards will be used to store music and a rehearsal room between the two main music rooms can be used by either program, Hotchkiss said.

The group room has a long storage area for instruments and also includes a tuba sink, Hotchkiss said, allowing group members to hygienically empty spittoon valves.

Beyond the office area in the main hallway is the gymnasium, with a full length basketball court stretching end to end and two more crossing the gymnasium perpendicular to the ground floor. of the road. Bleachers for around 750 people extend from one wall and overhead projectors point to retractable screens on the back wall, perfect for large student gatherings, Hotchkiss said. A decal of the school’s mascot, an eagle, had yet to be placed on the ground on Tuesday.

A multipurpose room designed for physical education and college wrestling is located behind the gymnasium. Attached is a fitness center which was created for use by staff and students. Muscle development specific equipment for school-aged children will be accessible in space, Deputy Superintendent Shannon Myers said.

“Grades five and six aren’t quite ready for treadmills, ellipticals, and weight machines, so we bought a more resistance-focused system,” she said. “They will use it as they move towards the other machines.”

A training room is located with mechanical and electrical equipment in a hallway that pivots to the main hallway. Across the hall are changing rooms with showers, sinks, whiteboard, and storage lockers.

“We can install more lockers than lockers. We don’t want people to put valuables here on top of their bags, ”Hotchkiss said. “We will lock the doors during class. “

The main hallway ends where an open concept cafeteria begins with seating for 165 students. Students can choose between indoor and outdoor seating, as well as low and high tables decorated with Bermudian Springs decals, and that’s just the start. For the first time, the college will also have a food court which, for an additional cost, will allow students to choose meals at a delicatessen, salad bar, pizzeria, as well as other offerings, a said Hotchkiss.

Outside, between the two university wings is a courtyard which will be completed by Hanover Architectural Products in the summer of 2022. A full-length turf field located along the Baltimore Highway and bordered for football, the soccer and field hockey replaces two grass fields. The land currently has no lights but does include the infrastructure to install them if the district decides to do so later.

Buses and cars dropping off students will always enter from Carlisle Street. The main access road begins on the right, shortly after turning onto campus. Drivers first approach a dedicated bus lane, which can accommodate 20 or more buses. The parents’ drop-off lane is in a separate area and all traffic flows in one direction, eliminating the crisscross patterns that make it difficult to navigate at the current college, Hotchkiss said.

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