The Ottawa Hills Board of Education recently approved a contract with an architectural firm to develop a feasibility study for a proposed learning commons at the Junior/Senior High School. The contract is with Toledo-based The Collaborative.
The commons project, as it is being called, has been discussed at recent board meetings as a way to achieve a 21st century learning environment through changes in both facilities and programming. The board agreed to the study Sept. 17 to better understand the design, budget, and construction-schedule implications should such a project take place.
To gather information needed for the feasibility study, The Collaborative will conduct a tour of the Junior/Senior High School, host input sessions with community stakeholders, and conduct three design meetings in order to develop and refine a plan.
The following deliverables are included in the contract: a summary of program elements and approximate gross square footage of each; floor-plan graphics indicating the relationship of spaces and potential furnishing strategies; three interior renderings; an order-of-magnitude project cost assessment; a conceptual project schedule; and a feasibility study report.
The Collaborative is donating 100 percent of its principal’s time to the project. (The principal/architect assigned to the project is Michael A. Muse, a village resident and parent.)