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Preliminary schematic designs for new Wa-Hi science building released

Courtesy WWPS

News Release from Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS)

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Preliminary schematic designs released today for the new Walla Walla High School science building provide a sneak  peak  to the significant facility improvements that are right around the corner for students and faculty. Approved by voters in the November 2018 bond program, the new science building will feature eight, 1400 sq. ft, lab classrooms fully equipped to support all disciplines of science offered at Walla Walla High School. The new science building design conforms to best practice recommendations for laboratory sciences, allotting nearly 50 sq. ft, per student, with state of the art amenities and fully equipped lab spaces.

“This is a major milestone for the school district following months of research, including site visits to various high school campuses,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “Since the bond passed in November, we’ve conducted multiple meetings with science faculty, architects and consultants to develop these proposed plans.”

New Science Project Summary Facts:

  • Groundbreaking – Fall 2019 / Project Completion – Summer 2020
  • 18,000 sq. ft, facility includes:
    • 8 identical fully-functional laboratory classrooms
    • 1 general education science classroom
    • 4 science prep rooms
    • Flexible seating and classroom arrangements to accommodate the various disciplines and teacher preferences
    • Student lobby
    • Fully ADA accessible site
    • Built-in display casework
    • Architecture to match existing campus
    • Energy efficient heating/cooling systems
    • 10 foot ceiling height
    • Natural light considerations

“Our students will have the modern learning spaces they need to gain the skills necessary to meet state graduation standards and post high school requirements,” said Smith. “We heard loud and clear from our community science education is a priority, and we have developed a facility to deliver on this promise.”

More online: http://www.wwps.org/bond/projects/walla-walla-high-school-renovation/new-science-addition

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