2. Discussion on OakLeaf High School
Present from Harvard Jolly Architects: Jeff Coble, Steve Heiser, Mike Young
Present from M.M. Parrish Construction: Lloyd Whann, Fred Heyne
The School District's Project Manager is Mike Griffis.
This meeting is a follow up of the presentation on OakLeaf High School made to the School Board on June 21, 2007. Approval of the final schematic plans and specifications will be requested at the August 16, 2007 regular school board meeting.
OakLeaf High School will be located at Branen Field & Plantation Oaks Blvd. The total square footage will be 263,000, with 66 permanent classrooms. The school is scheduled to open August, 2010.
Mr. Coble reviewed in detail the design plans, including traffic flow, and the overall scope of the project. Mr. Van Zant expressed some concern that the Media Center is not located on the ground floor. Mr. Connell explained it was felt more important to have the Administration area, as well as the special education classes due to physical needs, on the ground floor. The third floor would allow for more volume and overhead space for the Media Center and promote better estetics. There would be obvious and immediate access by elevator, as well as ample stairway access. Following discussion, a verbal poll indicated the consensus of the Board to proceed with the layout of the school as presented, leaving the Media Center as is.
The initial targeted budget for OakLeaf High School was set at $45 Million, however, the cost will most likely be slightly more. The estimated funding for the school will be included in the 2008-09 Educational Facilities Plan which will come to the Board for review at the special meeting on August 30, 2007. A COP will be required to fully fund this project.