Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:08
Plan calls for more than 10,000-square-foot addition to north of existing gym
A new fitness center and multipurpose room that will be added on to the north side of Cedar Grove-Belgium High School will likely total more than 10,000 square feet, according to plans proposed to the School Board on Jan. 14.
Plans also call for two storage units to be attached to the new wrestling/multipurpose room, each between 650 and 685 square feet in size.
Kurt Davis, vice president of Sheboygan-based Abacus Architects — the architect designing the $1.4 million project — said the district could also choose to renovate an existing locker room to include 78 lockers.
While plans for the center were not formally approved, it marked the first time the board has seen designs for what it hopes will become a destination for the community.
The proposal calls for a 108-by-55-foot multipurpose/wrestling room that can also be used by physical education classes, as well as a 106-by-29-foot fitness and weight lifting room to be used by the community.
The multipurpose room will be connected to the current gymnasium, with two storage units attached to it.
The new fitness room would be built to the west of the multipurpose room and north of the current music rooms.
While board members generally agreed with the designs, some expressed concern with the proposed fitness room being lower than the music rooms.
Current plans call for the fitness room to be about six to eight feet lower than the music room.
“There could be some drainage issues if we have one building lower than another,” board member Jim Lautenschlaeger said.
Davis said it is important for the district to consider what the new building will look like next to the old one.
“You have to make sure whatever materials you choose, whether it be brick, stone, concrete, it has to match all the architecture of the old building,” he said.
Aesthetics aside, the board seemed encouraged by the designs.
“I like how we’re tying in the gym with the new designs,” Lautenschlaeger said. “I think with how we’re designing it, people won’t be confused about where to enter the new space.”
Davis said the board needs to decide what kind of equipment it wants in the rooms and finish design plans before choosing an engineer for the project.
“From my perspective, it’s important not to stray too far from the number the district can spend,” he said. “I think this looks good.”
The district plans to offset the price of the new fitness center by selling naming rights.