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Falls City school board approves conceptual design plans for facilities
by Bain Serna
Apr 30, 2014 | 92 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A preliminary concept drawing shows the arrangement of buildings and facilities on the campus in the conceptual design plan for the campus.
A preliminary concept drawing shows the arrangement of buildings and facilities on the campus in the conceptual design plan for the campus.
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The preliminary conceptual site plan for Falls City school facilities shows the arrangement of buildings and athletic fields.
The preliminary conceptual site plan for Falls City school facilities shows the arrangement of buildings and athletic fields.
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FALLS CITY – During the April 16 regular meeting, the Falls City ISD Board of Trustees approved conceptual design plans for the district’s possible new academic and athletic facilities.

Three representatives from Huckabee and Associates, an architectural firm based out of Fort Worth, were at the meeting to present the board with a detailed slideshow that explained the overall design process, as well as specifics regarding conceptual floor plans, site analysis, interior and exterior architectural aesthetics, among others.

“We sure have enjoyed the design process up to this point prior to the (bond) election,” said Kerri Ranney, one of the Huckabee representatives, as she addressed the board. “We understand your desire to get started and to get into your facility, assuming that the election is successful, as soon as possible and help to facilitate a seamless transition. We’ve hit a milestone which we’re calling a conceptual design.”

The district leadership, board, and members of the district’s design committee discussed at length with the Huckabee representatives about certain aspects, such as parking lots, driveways and outdoor structures. Amendments to the design were agreed upon and were part of the board’s approval of the conceptual design plans.

“The design team and the school board have agreed on a rendering of what the new facility would look like,” said Superintendent Tylor Chaplin after the meeting. “It is conceptually based. It does not depict colors, building materials, etc. Actual blue prints of the building will not be created until after the bond election.”

The preliminary conceptual design plans are part of the district’s plans to be proactive and more prepared for if and when voters approve a bond in the amount of $39.5 million. The bond election will be May 10, for the purpose of building the new and expanded academic and athletic facilities.
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