By this time next month, the architects now working on the Lansing School District's $73 million construction project hope to be mostly finished with the design phase.
Meg Warner of Hollis and Miller Architects told the Lansing School Board Monday that her firm plans to next month present the design development for approval by the board on the bond project that includes a new high school and associated athletic facilities and renovations to the current high school for its future use as a middle school.
Warner said the design development will be reviewed by the board, with new 3-D renderings, at a work session May 20 and that board members should come prepared with questions.
“At the end of design development, we're hoping to not really make any design changes, it'll be from our standpoint documenting it, 'how does that building piece go together?'” she said.
The documents will be the result of months of work and meetings with different stakeholders of the new buildings, Warner said.
“We've met with just about every department in the school to talk about their space,” she said, which has resulted in some changes being made. “We've also talked with the coaches about some of the fields they need.”
In the meantime, Warner said boring also began at the site recently to identify the types of soil and rock at the site of the new high school and athletic facilities on 147th Street. And School Superintendent Randy Bagby said the district received some positive news from a financial standpoint recently, as well.
“We found out this week, we didn't lie, but we didn't tell the exact truth during the campaign,” he said. “We were bolstering 41 percent state aid on bond and interest. We know that next year, that will be 45 percent, so again we are shaving off more costs.”