Middle School Building Project
Fort Dodge Middle School Building Project
Above: Painting continues in the main gymnasium Above: Windows let natural light in to the vocal room
Above: Work continues on the floor in the cafeteria Above: Lockers being installed in a learning community
Exterior progress has slowly continued when temperatures have allowed this winter.
Interior concrete is all but complete with only some locker bases left to pour. Exterior concrete is currently on hold as the weather makes it unfeasible to place.
Interior block for the auditorium walls and entry continues as well as the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins, metal framing and drywall on top of the working platform.
MEP (mechanical, electrical & plumbing) overhead and wall rough-ins are all but complete on 1st and 2nd levels of Buildings A , B, C and D with the exception of the kitchen electrical rough-ins. MEP rough-ins continue in Buildings E & F.
Drywall is complete at 1st and 2nd levels in Buildings A & B with paint, ceiling grid, cabinets and lights continuing to follow.
Ceramic tile in bathrooms has begun on 2nd floor with 1st floor to follow.
Building C framing / drywall continues except for the kitchen area.
Interior and exterior glass installation continues.
The new facility represents a consolidation of the two existing middle schools: Fair Oaks Middle School (grades 5 and 6) and Phillips Middle School (grades 7 and 8). The new school building will be able to accommodate 1,000 students in grades 5 – 8. It is 173,271 gross square feet on two floors, plus a 20,061 gross square feet Auditorium.
The school building will be composed of two wings, each being two stories tall. The east wing will serve as the Academic wing, while the west will be the community or activity wing. The building lobby, administrative, and student offices will be located in the center of the school, acting as a “hinge” in the center of the floor plan. This area will also be the common area of entry from the north and south sides of the building.
The new middle school is designed to provide our students with a 21st century learning environment that allows them to excel academically in a top notch, caring atmosphere. The facility will contain special needs classrooms, a library, exploratory labs, conventional classrooms, science labs, and academic “learning communities” that allow for project learning, computers, and collaboration.
The new middle school is being built on previous agricultural land purchased by the District: North property edge – 10th Avenue North; South property edge – planned 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North connector; East property edge – North 32nd Street; and West property edge will be located on North 29th Street and the existing railroad tracks.
The school is positioned on the site to maximize current and future site development opportunities for the District. The building is being placed in an east-west orientation to maximize solar control and day lighting opportunities.
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This page is designed to keep our Fort Dodge School District community aware of developments and updates regarding the new middle school building. The new Fort Dodge middle school is scheduled to open its doors during the summer of 2013.