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To help accommodate the estimated 550 students that will be displaced once construction begins at Natrona County High School, the NCSD Board of Trustees has made a decision on a swing space plan for the campus.
The board has chosen to build a 103,000 square foot permanent structure just northwest of the main building rather than deploy 18 portables during the four-year construction period. This option provides the least amount of impact on the student’s daily learning experience by providing a cafeteria space, space for physical education programming during construction, a competitive gym with adequate locker room facilities, and up to 25 classrooms as swing space. Once construction is complete, this space will be repurposed as a Student Fitness and Activity Complex (SFAC) to house the school’s PE programming.
Through preliminary cost studies and detailed outlines of options, this plan has proven to be the most cost effective for both the state and district. The State Facilities Department has reviewed the chosen option and has formed an agreement with the district and board to move forward and pay an estimated $11.2 million toward the estimated $14.6 million total cost of the building’s construction. By placing the majority of PE programming in the SFAC, it relocates almost 42,000 square feet from the footprint of the main building, thus saving considerable construction costs and placing the total NCHS construction project under budget.
The board’s decision keeps the NCHS construction project moving forward. The next step is to submit a master plan to the city of Casper by the first week of December for its approval. The board is committed to adhering to a construction timeline to begin breaking ground on the Natrona County High School project by summer 2013.