Construction at Williams High School will be going on over the summer in an effort to create a 21st century learning environment for its students, officials said.
Cameron Harrison, of Landmark Construction Management Services, who is overseeing the construction, told Williams Unified School District trustees at their June 21 meeting the summer projects include finishing the new weight room, major sidewalk improvements, and installation of underground conduits for new fire alarm panels, and should be completed by early August.
Harrison said the district is also looking at future parking lot improvements that will include new ADA parking, trees and landscape area, as well as building a modern new multi-purpose room.
“We understand what (the district) wants this mulit-purpose room to be, something that can accommodate a large assembly – 850 students – if we should decide to create a TK through sixth and fit everyone in this building,” Harrison said. “There will be a new kitchen that meets all the requirements and new restrooms.”
Harrison said the kitchen area would be double the size it is now, with a small restroom for staff and plenty of cooking and storage space.
The district also plans to modernize the high school gymnasium with new flooring and bleachers that can accommodate 200 people, and it will have storefront windows so people can look onto the play area.
“It’s going to look really nice,” Harrison said.
Harrison has been working with the district for about 18 months, and expects all the new construction designs to be completed in about four months.
“This is not a quick process by any means,” he said.
Last month, Harrison said the district met with City of Williams officials to discuss fire flow and talked with the city manager about possible joint uses for a new multi-purpose room.
Trustee George Simmons said eventual plans also call for a new performance stage.
“It’s going to be fantastic,” Simmons said.
The district’s vision for the high school also includes modernizing the science and agriculture wing to appeal to the Woodland Community College partnership as an early college high school, and constructing new two-story classrooms to accommodate eventual student population growth, officials said.