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Seaside School District ‘fine-tunes’ building plans

First look at campus architectural plan
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 19, 2017 1:51PM

Last changed on December 22, 2017 7:38AM

Renderings of the new campus buildings.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Renderings of the new campus buildings.

Renderings of the new campus buildings.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Renderings of the new campus buildings.

Renderings of the new campus buildings.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Renderings of the new campus buildings.

School playing fields.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

School playing fields.

Renderings of the schools.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Renderings of the schools.

Exterior of the new campus buildings.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Exterior of the new campus buildings.

Middle- and high-school buildings..

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Middle- and high-school buildings..

Renderings of the middle and high school property.

BRIC Architecture Inc.

Renderings of the middle and high school property.


“A work in progress,” is how Seaside School District Superintendent Sheila Roley referred to campus design plans delivered by BRIC Architecture Inc. this week. The project’s first schematics and drawings include interior renderings of the elementary, middle and high school campuses and maps of playing fields and outdoor spaces.

“Everything is still a work in progress,” Roley said. “We are in rapid fine-tuning.”

The building footprint is unlikely to change, but “tweaks” are likely to be delivered periodically, Roley added. “We have a challenging building site, so we are maximizing the areas with the least slope. Most of the work now is focused on refining the interior configuration of the building to meet instructional needs.”

The high school features a main gym that can be divided into two full size courts, an auxiliary gym room and a wrestling and exercise room. The middle school has one main gym. Additional middle school gym space will be added as revenues allow, Roley said.

Shared program areas support both the middle school and the high school, and are located in the building between the two schools. Included in these are mechanical and heating systems and the cooking facilities.

The school administration offices also have some shared spaces such as reception, but where the students would access the middle school or high school offices during the day will be through separate entrances from the classroom wings, Roley said.

The classrooms that are shared are music and band. The teachers in these programs currently travel between Seaside High School and Broadway, but now each program will have its own space. Middle school and high school bands and choirs will still be independent. The one area that will serve all students during the day is the library.

Both east and west entry plazas include concrete paving with accent scores and amenities to include bike parking, benches and receptacles for trash and recycling.

The elementary school is adding 20 classrooms and reconfiguring some spaces in the current Seaside Heights building.

Renderings depict a two-story elementary school building with classrooms on both floors. The first floor will house a cafeteria, gymnasium, library, wellness room and music room, along with about 20 classrooms. The second level offers 10 classrooms and two commons areas.

Covered play areas and sports facilities are designated, as are potential locations for future gyms, a fishery building, practice and playing fields. A future performing arts center is also included.

Sheltering in the case of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event has been described as a goal of the project. While there is nothing visible on the drawings released this week, the buildings will be built to withstand a Cascadia event, Roley said. “We will have generators to maintain power in multiple areas and we are currently working with the city of Seaside on water storage and supplies for the school and the community. This is an area of continuing development.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Roley, architects and district staff plan to present the site plans in the first of a series of community input sessions, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Broadway Middle School Library at 1120 Broadway, Seaside. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the drawings.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the district heads to Cannon Beach for an information session at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, 207 North Spruce.















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