Freddie Lynn, regional vice president and director of architecture for the Montgomery-based Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, told board members that â€œschools are primarily what we do every day.â€ The design Lynn showed to the board called for a two-story wing to be added to the existing Alexandria Elementary School.
The 91,787-square foot addition would include 30 classrooms, a new cafeteria that doubles as a storm shelter, and a new lobby.
Also included are a new gymnasium, band and choir rooms.
gave an estimated cost for construction of $14,583,167.
Including furnishings, equipment, professional fees and testing, the total cost for the school was set at $16,407,209.
said that the costs for the construction could go down by as much as $1 million if the board agreed to build a 24- classroom school, which would still accommodate the 600 students it is meant to serve.
â€œWe just wanted you to be aware that you can take square footage out of the school for additional savings,â€ said Lynn
The architectural firmâ€™s design also calls for the elementary schoolâ€™s existing inclement weather gym, playground and kitchen to be unchanged, except for new equipment in the kitchen.
That could save the school system more money.
â€œYouâ€™re looking at saving $1.5 million by saving these assets,â€ Lynn
said, explaining that the figure is derived from the smaller number of classrooms as well as from using the same kitchen for both schools.
recommended that the board consider using those savings to update the elementary school by improving student access to a central courtyard; removing some existing classrooms would accomplish that.
The new schoolâ€™s capacity would mean fewer students in those rooms anyway, he
â€œLetâ€™s get some of those 21st-century learning spaces I know you all want,â€ Lynn
told board members.
Board member Mike Almaroad asked Lynn if his firmâ€™s professional fee for the planning of the new school was negotiable, and Lynn said yes.
said yes, but that the design called for two separate shelter areas that would serve both elementary and middle school students.
Together, the shelters could house the boardâ€™s target of 1,500 people.
also said that the board could designate one of the structures as a community shelter, which could open up access to Federal Emergency Management Agency grants.
â€œOn this FEMA grant, on the ones youâ€™ve assisted in applying for, have they been granted?â€ Almaroad asked.
said they had, but that different rules apply to community shelters and school shelters.
â€œWeâ€™re not recommending that you use the middle school shelter as a community shelter,â€ Lynn
said that the shelter would have to be built with a generator, extra toilets and special ventilation in order to act as a community shelter.
â€œIt would have to accommodate a 24-hour stay,â€ he
said. â€œThis is just an option for you.â€