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Bonham High School Design Update

Posted Date: 06/13/2017

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September 23, 2016- Meetings between BISD staff, architects, mechanical/electrical consultants, roofing consultants, civil engineer and the contractor are occurring twice each week to finalize the footprint of the building.  The design is changing with each meeting as we work to determine placement of each component (classrooms, labs, locker rooms, access points, parking lots, bus traffic, etc.)  The footprint is 90% established at this writing.  The project is on schedule.


On May 7, the Bonham ISD stakeholders voted to pass the $30 million bond to build a new Bonham High School.  Since the election, District administrators, BHS staff and Stantec architects have been diligently working on the schematic design of the new building.


On May 19, BHS teachers and administrators including Crystal Buckaloo, Chris Dickson, Paul Westbrook, Beth Mizell, Staci Hunnicutt, Gretchen Shook, and Gloria Smith joined Dr. Marvin Beaty, Bill Wakefield and Stantec Architects Terry Hoyle and Lorenzo Navarette for site visits to area school districts.  The objective was to see a variety of school designs and configurations in planning for the new high school.  The group visited newly renovated McKinney High School, Reedy High School in Frisco, and McMillen High School in Plano ISD.


On June 8, Stantec Architectural personnel met with BHS teachers and administrators and staff to begin programming the features to be included in the design of the new building.  Discussions included classroom spaces, offices, library, common areas, weight room renovation, gym, locker room, and stage areas.


Follow-up planning sessions are scheduled for July.  During these sessions, actual physical placement of each of the areas will be finalized will include cafeteria and kitchen configurations and finalization of the physical placement of each of the areas.


The design development portion of the project timeline is scheduled for the Fall of 2016, hiring of construction manager and review of bids in Spring 2017.  Estimated start of construction will begin June 2017 and substantial completion is projected to be August 2018.