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Board of Directors presented the 3D rendering of the Wildcat Activity Center | Local education


NAPOLEON – Representatives from Garmann Miller Architects revealed a 3D render for a new athletic / academic addition to Napoleon Junior / Senior High School called Wildcat Activity Center during the Napoleon Regional Education Council meeting on Wednesday.

Matt Hibner, board member and architect for Garmann Miller, and Brian Wolf, project manager for the company, revealed floor plans and 3D rendering of an 82,000 square foot two story addition which would house sports / university spaces.

The floor plans, which were revealed to council at a Zoom meeting in April, and the 3D rendering presented in person on Wednesday, were compiled to meet the specific needs of the district following vision meetings in January with members of the school / community. In January, Hibner and Wolf met with people from the community who represented business / curriculum, sports / boosters, and community / family interests.

Hibner shared a video, featuring the sitemap, floor plan and a 3D render, which showed the addition to Napoleon Junior / Senior High School.

“Just to give you a bit of history, in April, at the board meeting, we presented a site map, which shows the addition to the existing high school,” Hibner began. “To the west of the building is where we’re looking to add this facility. “

Hibner shared the floor plan, in which he highlighted the main entrance and an atrium, which would lead to existing spaces in the building, such as the Natatorium and Gymnasium (Grand Canyon). The addition would include space for a three-court gymnasium with a three-lane walking track around the fields, a turf area that would be used for football and soccer, as well as a batting net for baseball and softball.

Connected to this space between the new gymnasiums and the natatorium, there would be changing rooms, storage spaces, coaches’ offices, changing rooms and a wrestling room that could serve as a staging area for the natatorium.

On the other side of the atrium, there would be a community room / virtual reality lab and a weight room / workout room. A corridor of these spaces would run north to the far end of the building, where new vo-ag classrooms, an office, a storage room, a metal shop and a carpentry shop would be located at the end of the building. west end of the building. Metal and lumber shops would include garage doors to make it easier to move materials inside and out.

East of the hallway, or just west of the existing building near the junior high gymnasium, new locker rooms, coaching offices / locker rooms, washrooms and a new concession stand would be included. The existing changing rooms near the college gymnasium would be converted into changing rooms for referees.

Moving to the second floor, Hibner shared the stairs, and the elevators would lead to a new seating area above the Natatorium that could accommodate around 400-500 people. A storage room and a pair of mechanical rooms would complete the work on the second floor. In addition, there would be some storage.

From there, Hibner introduced the 3D rendering, so board members could get a much more detailed look at the exterior and interior spaces. The 3D rendering included trophy cases, graphics featuring “Napoleon”, “Wild Cats” and other banners in the spaces that could be incorporated into the design.

“Over the past few months, our team has focused on creating outdoor and indoor animations so that we can show you what the building could look like,” Hibner said. “Overall, we’re looking at about 82,000 square feet of new facility, it’s a large facility, but I think we’ve included almost everything you were looking for in your vision sessions in January.”

After reviewing the video, council members asked a few questions about the different spaces, how close the addition would be to Charles Buckenmeyer Stadium, and if anything needed to be removed from the space’s current footprint at the outside the college / high school.

After answering their questions, Hibner, along with Superintendent Erik Belcher, explained what would happen next.

“The next step is to give an opinion on the likely cost of what you just watched,” Hibner said. “We will get to work anticipating market conditions, we would like to contact local contractors to get their feedback, find out about deadlines, delays, etc. Once that is done, we would have an opinion on the likely cost to earn you.

“This concludes our Phase I and Phase II stages of the process, if you are considering having more community meanings or something like that, we would be happy to help you facilitate or assist in any way we can,” a added Hibner, who expects to have notice of the likely cost to the board by its next meeting.

Said Belcher: “After we get the opinion of the likely cost, we’ll share it with the public, and at this point we’ll see how we’d like to proceed from there. Is this something we can do, is there anything we need to adjust, these are questions that we will need to ask after we get that number.


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