The school board, superintendent Tod Williams, and site administrative staff saw the need to ensure the safety and security of the district’s youngest students as they passed through what once was an open breezeway connecting two buildings. The students were being exposed to Oklahoma’s wildly changing weather, with up to 40-degree variations in a ASSOCIATED FIRMSmith Roberts Baldischwiler; Flynt & KallenbergerCOST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation day.
They voted to enclose the existing breezeway that connected the Early Childhood Education Building with the primary school main facility. The architect designed an environmentally controlled passageway and established a trickle channel surface drainage system to remedy existing ponding issues on the exterior.
The school district saw the need to inspire growth, school spirit, ownership of the project and use local talent; it chose 13 local subcontractors for the job. The community responded with enthusiasm and overwhelming interest.
CNC laser logo technology was used on the porcelain floor tile, merging academics with school spirit. The logo was produced by the local technology center, which some of the Okmulgee high school students attend, giving them real-life work experience, and commitment to the project and future projects.