Construction of the new $30+ million, 115,000 SF Brooke Middle School project is nearly completed, and will replace of all of the county’s middle schools (2 existing middle schools to be replaced are both over 85 years old, have asbestos, and are in need of major repairs), with a new combined facility. We assisted with site selection adjacent to existing Brooke High School on the same campus. Project was designed with building information modeling (BIM). The new school planning is being developed for a design enrollment of 970+ students in 5th-8th grades in a 2-story structure (grade 5 will occupy a separate wing on the 2nd floor). BMS will be equipped with dozens of classrooms (fie arts, English, foreign language, math, social studies, special education and related rooms, etc.), multiple science labs, media center, collaborative learning/technology labs, large cafeteria/dining area, kitchen, large gymnasium, all purpose gym/performance area that can be converted to extend the music room, and 21st-century infrastructure to enable technology instruction and application. The music/band rooms and the Collaborative Learning Spaces have an operable acoustical glass partition system, to add flexibility, aesthetics, to maximize acoustics in the areas, as well as create sound separation for the adjacent rooms. Safety features include secured access points, individual lockdown zones, and polycarbonate (shatterproof) windows to name a few. There are multiple “High Performance School” components and healthy / sustainable “energy efficient” design elements incorporated throughout, such as a VRF HVAC system with an anticipated cost reduction of 30%, this will be the 1st school in WV with all LED interior and exterior lighting, and much more. At present time, this project currently has less than 1% in total change orders!
Wellsburg, West Virginia
Patrick J Rymer