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www. LovellChronicle.com October 7, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle J Rocky Mountain Middle/High SchoolI 3 FLOOR PLAN LEGEND: j i. i; 1 l / \ BY BRAD DE~EREAUX es made to the plaJa will be updated in ..... =We can Show them many different light on the lower portion of the window Every piec6~of building material that the many different documents associated options, they tell us what they like, and with blinds, while light shines in through makes up Rocky Mountain Middle/High with the project, including all different then we merge all the different aspects the upper bank of windows near the ceil- School was first planned on paper, perspectives of the building, subcontrac- into one design. We then present it back ing. Light is allowed to come in while stu- Architects from Plan One Architect's tor scheduling and materials lists, to them to make sure they like it," dents don't spend the entire class day- Cody office spent many hours drawing ev- "It alleviates a lot of the guess workWhile designing the school, Plan One dreaming of being outside, Duff said. ery nuance of the new school before any in putting construction documents to- must also consider guidelines set out by Plan One also, made an effort to use construction began. Once finished, they gether,'- Duff said. "It gives us the op- the School Facilities Commission, a state local materials, which score higher on a supplied Big Horn County School District tion we didn't have before to spend more agency that provides funding for school LEED score sheet. No. 1 a vital part of the school - the blue- time on design, where our time should construction. Large boulders from outside of Cowley prints, be spent." As project manager, Duff Sees the will be placed in the round dirt area in the Plan One Project Manager Mick Duff Plan One also used three-dimension-project through to completion, attending front of the school to serve as a platform was involved with the RM school project al modeling software to create a virtual pre-cofistruction meetings and weekly for the metal Grizzly sculpture, which since the beginning stages of planning, version of the school, contractor meetings during construction, will be brought over from the former Duff worked on the project with principal "We feel compelled to offer any client Duff held pre-construction meetings with high school in Byron. The Deaver Grizzly architect Dan Odasz and architect Dave the opportunity to do a digital model," all subcontractors before they went towasn't forgotten either, and was brought Wellington. he said, noting that the industry has work to make sure they understand the over from the former middle school to While each member of the staff has changed vastly in the past 12 years that drawings and answer questions, adorn the new school's front lobby. different responsibilities, everyone gets a he has worked for Plan One. Groathouse Construction used the doc- Plan One also worked with the district hand in designing the building and pro- In the past, architectural firms did uments to submit a bid and hire subcon- on the Burlington High School upgrade ducing construction documents, Duff said their best to supply hand drawings andtractors and referred to the plans through-, and the Rocky Mountain Elementary in an interview with the Chronicle last plans, "but a lot of times the client would out construction, school, both of which began in 2002. The week. Several other staff members also be scratching their head, trying to visu- district requested a campus feel for the helped with the process, he said. alize the final product." THE DESIGN new building and the existing elementary In the modern age, plans are no lon- "But that doesn't happen anymore," Plan One tried to implement as manyschool, so Plan One did their best to make ger drawn by hand, but they are instead Duff said. "On the final project, everyone Leadership in Energy and Enviromental the buildings work well together. done with computer software. Once archi- including the client has had input andDesign (LEED) design aspects as possible Signage and color schemes are similar tects input the shape of the building, they has had their hand on the design." in the new school. LEED concepts include at both schools and the front entrance was add everything from electrical outlets to Members of the school district werewindows that provide sufficient day light- designed with the same styling as the ex- windows and roof vents to drinking foun- able to sit down with the architects to ing and using building materials with low isting school. tains, change colors and other options on theamounts of volatile organic compounds. '%Ve sure enjoyed working on the proj- Using sophisticated new software, ar- building and switch around things like The windows are designed to provideect," Duff said. "The district and Groat- chitects can shift walls, doors, windows or parking lot configurations until they classrooms with ample light from outside, house Construction were great to work other aspects of the building. Any chang- were happy. The L shape allows teachers to control the with. I'm proud to be a part of the project." FEBRUARY 2010 .... APRIL 2010 Windows, doorframes, case work and Nearly completed items include learning boards are being installed ........ polished floors, locker room in classrooms. Wallboard has been dividers, the stage, a tile work placed in the administration area and and welding stations, The wood details are being finalized for mailboxes shop dust removal system is and cabinetry. A drop ceiling has been being installed. The district is installed in most of the building and asking for and implementing contractor is beginning to set ....... ideas from teachers about rigging, Simmons said. changes to the facility. DECEMBER 2009 ::~:~!:~ Wallboard is being installed, some walls have been - ,~ textured and painting is beginning. The classroom ~ i~li:f: wing is in the most advanced stage of Construction .............. ;'::: and crews are beginning to work on the commons area, framing walls and roughing in plumbing and 'ii!i!i!i HVAC. The gymnasiums are ready for paint and tile is being installed in bathrooms. :~:~, :!ili~:~; Exterior masonry work is being done until the building ii~ is closed to the elements at the end of Decemeber. The bus loop is under construction and sod is laid at the football field and practice field. ::: ~ ;:: : : :: MARCH 2010 Electricians and mechanical are busy insulating pipe, installing classroom returns, installing mechanical equipment, preparing for permanent power and ?:~ installing lighting fixtures. 3ase work is being installed, : walls painted, floors polished, window and door frames lied and tile set. JULY 2010 A large crowd turns out for the RockyMountain Middle/High School i~!iiii~iiiiiribbncu"'n0~remnY Friday, July 23. JUNE 2010 Large finish details are installed including gym floors, student lockers and bleachers. JULY 2010 i