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Renovation Guiding Principles
The passing of the 2015 Roaring Fork School District Bond has made possible the exciting upcoming renovation of Basalt Middle School. BMS has been working hard through the spring and summer to finalize plans for the remodel. User groups including administration, teachers, parents, community members, architects, engineers, and other experts brought in by the architect groups have met in three separate Design Advisory Groups (DAG)- one for the general building, one for the auditorium, and one for the traffic circulation at both the elementary and the middle school. It has been an amazing process of brainstorming, revising, refining, and adjusting.
The district's Design Retreat in the spring of 2016 determined five main areas of focus for all middle schools to consider:
“Heart” of the school
Adult Working & Learning Space
Outdoor Learning Spaces
Basalt Middle School also focused on guiding principles that would meet the needs of our specific specific and diverse community, which were to inspire learning and discovery, support flexible learning styles and spaces, foster safety, enhance collaboration, and be environmentally sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. Here are the main components of the Basalt Middle School remodel:
- The Heart of the School: To create the “heart” of the school, several of our specials classrooms are being reconfigured and moved closer together. The new Media Center (aka Library) will connect to both the foyer and the academic wing. This space can be opened up into the foyer to create a more flexible learning space. A new “innovation” workspace for brainstorming and project planning will border the Media Center and its new computer lab (which houses several 3D printers). Also bordering the media center will be a new multi-media room for green screen, video, and audio production opportunities. The art room will be moved to the main hallway across from the media center and together these areas create the "heart" of our school.
- The Makerspace: In the nearby cafeteria, the innovative (and first of its kind in the region) school Makerspace will be doubled in size to accommodate full classes and projects. The Makerspace is open to students during lunch for STEAM programming and individual project creation. This unique space is filled with supplies for students to explore and dream with, ranging from low tech cardboard and paint to high tech 3D printing and electronics. Weekly project ideas are introduced as well as offering Minecraft, Marble Runs, a LEGO table, games, and more. The space is a “low-risk” place (i.e. no grades) for students to come practice critical 21st century skills like teamwork, planning, failure, design, and STEAM concepts under the guise of fun learning and creative projects. This space complements what’s happening in other classrooms and reinforces STEM concepts. BMS recently won a $3,000 Lowes grant to assist with outfitting the space.
- New Playground. Exterior landscape remodeling will include new signage, new bleachers, new access to the football field, new landscaping, and a new state-of-the-art playground thanks to nearly $150,000 in grants recently awarded from local and state organizations. This innovative playground is designed specifically for adolescents and to create an above-ground course for Crew teambuilding classes as well. The playground includes a zipline, climbing boulders, Parkour and net structures and more. We also hope to include native and edible plants to create an “arboretum campus” for students to use as an outdoor classroom in addition to the school garden. The final part of this new space will include a Tinkeryard-- an outdoor Makerspace.
- Auditorium: The auditorium is receiving a major overhaul that includes the addition of set space storage, wing space, new electrical, audio visual and presentation systems, expanded seating, and sound panels. With more seats, we will be able to better accommodate the grades 5-12 band concerts. New video systems in the foyer will allow families to watch the band program from outside the auditorium as well.
- New Pod & Classrooms: While our 5th and 6th grades operate out of “pods,” our 7th and 8th grades never had their own space. Two new classrooms are being built to create this pod area and bring in classes from the outdoor bungalows.
- The Band Room: The band room will move down the hallway from its current location and be expanded to include a storage space for instruments. The band program serves more than half of our school population.
- A Movement Space: A flexible movement space for activities like yoga and wrestling is being installed and expanded in the back of the school where an old preschool space used to be.
- ‘A Safe and Secure Entry will include a window to the office for visitors to be “buzzed” into the school. This is a district initiative. Our main office will be remodeled to incorporate a teacher work space and the counselor’s office.
- Exterior Parking: Exterior parking and access to the school will be remodeled. Traffic will be reconfigured to include staff parking behind the building and two drop off lanes in front of the middle school.
- General Mechanical: Fire sprinklers, new windows, painting, carpeting, HVAC improvements, and other mechanical repairs will be completed.
Links to Design Images
For visual plans of Basalt Middle School's remodel, visit the below links:
- Winter 2017: Construction will begin on the two new classrooms, the auditorium, the new innovation space, the new computer lab, the Media center and the movement space.
- Spring 2017: Construction will begin on the new Music room.
- Summer 2017: Construction will continue in the main part of the building including the new art room, 7th & 8th grade pod, Media center extension into the foyer, safe and secure entry, and the office spaces.