Effort to boost student privacy and safety.
In March of this year, the Eastern Lancaster County School District Board of Directors approved the construction bids for the renovations to the Garden Spot MS/HS building. Though the upgrades to the antiquated athletic facilities do not constitute most of the overall cost, their positive impact on district policy is significant. Through months of informational meetings with administration, faculty and staff, Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates (CRA) and the district’s leadership committee developed a design approach in an effort to boost privacy and safety for the students, staff and the community for which they serve.
Totaling $8,250,600, nearly $800,000 under the estimated budget, the project includes replacement of select HVAC equipment throughout the building, and extensive renovations to over 24,000 square feet of existing locker, team, training, office, official’s changing and storage rooms. Additional improvements include bleacher and gym wall padding replacement.
Section of high school athletic spaces with planned renovations
The new locker rooms, in addition to office areas, will have single-occupancy, gender-neutral, private changing and shower rooms throughout the perimeter. Solid-polymer lockers are located within the central, open areas, allowing for not only a greater efficiency of space and movement throughout, but allow continued student supervision. The individual changing and shower rooms themselves are constructed of full-height, floor-to-deck masonry walls, frp/aluminum hybrid doors, occupancy sensors, and provisions for vape detection. Over 75 private showers and 45 changing rooms are to be provided within four “zones”.
“We have worked with [CRA] in all my years here at Eastern Lancaster County as Superintendent. We find them to be flexible, resourceful, inventive, and mindful of cost. They obviously have good relationships with a myriad of contractors apparent by the respectful and cooperation that I witness among the various players involved in each project. Most recently our locker room renovation project was fraught with political, public relations, and financial challenges…the district too often had short notice requests of our lead architect. CRA supported us with solid information and ideas every time we needed it…even on short notice.” Robert M. Hollister, Superintendent – Eastern Lancaster County School District
Other amenities within the overall design include a new, larger training room, relocated for direct access to the adjacent athletic fields. Team rooms, equipped with sport-specific lockers, are also located throughout.
Construction is phased in coordination with the district’s fall and winter sport’s schedules, with a substantial completion date of February 2021.