(Oakland) Riverside school officials met Monday night with DLR Architects to go over plans for the new 7th-12th school building to be located on the south edge of Oakland.
Riverside administration and staff have been hard at work following last June’s passing of the $15.1 Million bond issue. Superintendent Jim Sutton says the plans should be finalized within the next six weeks.
“We did a test well here recently for the geo-thermal and that’s still moving in a positive direction. We visited with the utilities company to make sure we are using everything we possibly can with them to have an energy efficient building. We should be looking at a pretty good rebate check from them when we get the project completed. That will help us a lot.”
Sutton says the district is also working with the DOT and the plan is to make the intersection at Highway 6 and 59 a four way stop with the entrance to the school being at the northern edge of the property line.
“Which will make us and a lot of other folks very happy because that’s a pretty active intersection right there. We will wind up having that as our main entrance into the building and I think it’s going to be a lot safer for everybody. That’s been quite a journey here to visit with them and our neighbors here to make sure that’s worked out properly.”
Other details being worked out before finalizing the plans include the layout of the building and athletic complex. Bids could open as early as March 1st.
The tentative timetable for the construction is to break ground this spring and have the school opened by the fall of 2015.