BRIDGE CITY — Members of the Bridge City School Board got their first glimpse of what a new middle school could look like during a presentation by Claycomb Associates.
The architectural firm received positive reviews when board members reviewed the first draft of a virtual rendering of the proposed college.
A unique feature offered by Claycomb was to have the athletics gymnasiums on the second floor of the building. The design would prevent hardwood floors from being damaged in the event of flooding.
The school’s fine arts programs like orchestra, theater, and choir would also be on the second floor. Representatives from the architectural firm said having gymnasiums on the second floor was not common, but added that they had seen it at other schools.
The building will have several staircases and an elevator.
The society proposed a three-story building (in sections) due to the limited footprint of the new college, which would be located across from the current college.
The footprint includes two long driveways for car drop-off and pick-up at the front of the building and allows for bus pick-up and drop-off at the rear of the school.
On the current site of the college, the gymnasium and the library would be kept to be reassigned. The site will also have a training ground with the rest of the area left to provide as much parking as possible.
Superintendent Mike Kelly said the long aisles help alleviate some of the emergency traffic parents see during school days.
“This stacking area can hold about 150 cars,” he said. “We have maybe 15 now in middle school. That’s what’s causing all this backup all around. They will be able to go all the way down and do a loop in the back.
The cafeteria will be located closest to the road and will be the waiting area for drop-off and pick-up.
The design also allows the school to have plenty of covered outdoor space under the gymnasium overhang and at the rear near the arts wing.
Kelly previously said the design phase would take a few months before projects kicked off early next year, aiming to complete construction by August 2024.
— By Chris Moore