The planning and design for the Socorro Independent School District’s Bond 2017 projects are under way with input from community members and district leaders.
Most recently, Team SISD administrators met with archiPeli architects to review design schemes for the new multipurpose rooms that will be built at 16 SISD elementary schools.
The principals of the schools looked over the proposed plans to select a design that will meet the needs of students and staff at their schools.
“The multipurpose rooms will serve as small gyms that give the schools an area for students and staff to use for physical education, staff development, and other activities,” said Tom Eyeington, SISD chief operations officer. “Currently, the 16 campuses use a single cafeteria space as a lunch room, auditorium and physical education space.”
The multipurpose rooms will have state-of-the-art features such as overhead doors, exterior canopies, and translucent panels ideal for natural lighting. With 4,360 square feet of flexible space, the new facilities will have room for an office and a storage room, said Fred Perez, archiPeli architect.
“It’s critical that we get feedback from the end users,” Perez said. “We wanted to give them options and have them select the final scheme.”
The elementary schools that will get a new multipurpose room are: Benito Martinez, Campestre, Elfida P. Chavez, Escontrias, H.D. Hilley, Helen Ball, Horizon Heights, Hueco, Loma Verde, Lujan-Chavez, Myrtle Cooper, O’Shea Keleher, Robert R. Rojas, Sgt. Roberto Ituarte, Sierra Vista and Vista del Sol.
School leaders were excited to see the designs, and said they are eager to use their new facility.
“We worked as a team and came to a consensus to decide which design was going to be in the best interest of our students,” said Fernando Miranda, principal at H.D. Hilley. “We are very excited to break ground! Bond 2017 projects are great for students and the community.”
One of the greatest benefits of multipurpose rooms is not limiting student’s physical education activity during times of inclement weather, said Rosemary Yates, principal at Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School.
“Our campus will see an enormous benefit from this multipurpose room,” Yates said. “During the winter it’s too chilly for our little ones to be outdoors, and in the summer it’s too hot.”
The multipurpose rooms also will contribute to more than just physical education.
“I would love to have more events for our community and our children,” she said. “We can organize science expos and have more stations during career day. The sky is the limit in terms of the kind of impact we can make running high level curriculum-based events.”
Construction of the multipurpose rooms will begin in spring 2019.