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|New KHS Schematic Design Green-lighted by School Board
|The Peoria firm responsible for sketching what could be the most innovative educational environment in the area is proceeding to the design and development phase.
The Knoxville school board cleared BLDD's schematic design of a new high school Wednesday night. Architect Sam Johnson provided board members a closer look into the dual theater and commons space the board has raved over. Upon entering KHS in the fall of 2014, he says the 'pre-functional space' will offer a dynamic view.
"You can see the balcony, it's open," Johnson said. "When you're sitting in here having lunch, you're going to feel that you're eating in a performance space. I'd imagine the principal won't let them (the students) eat in the fixed seats, but you're still going to feel like you are."
"You're still going to believe you're in a special space."
Johnson says the auditorium space is capable of seating more than nine-hundred people within three viewing levels.
Also proposed in the two-story structure is an additional gymnasium with a maximum occupancy of 1,400 people. Among the 'creativity learning studio' is an Ag Lab and Small Engines Room, each equipped with overhead garage doors to display inventions. Drawings include an outdoor and second level greenhouse as well.
Johnson says the design is about 6,000 square feet larger than first planned. But he says the plans will be tightened up as the project design is further developed into more detail.
According to Johnson, the $31.5 million dollar high school is still on budget and remains on schedule with ground to be broken in the spring.
|07 19 12 by Newsroom
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