KHS Addition Update: Four-Story Tower is Centerpiece of Design



View of the front enterance to the Kodiak High School. Drawing by Jensen Yorba Lott Inc.

Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

Just hours after the Kodiak High School wrapped up the first day of classes, Kodiak Island Borough School Board members were given an update on the new high school project during their regular meeting last night.

Director of Operations Scott Williams presented the schematic drawings for the project, which he hopes will be finalized in September.

Williams provided a section by section break down of the drawings and outlined the floor plans of the new high school.

(KHS Update 1: :38 sec "This is the 1972 annex on the two floors above it.")

In addition to the detailed description of the floor plans, Williams addressed the ground source heating option for the new school.

(KHS Update 2: :35 sec "One of the … it would be an additive.")

Williams said the heating option is not off the table, but further feasibility testing needs to be done to see if it is a reasonable option. Superintendent Stewart McDonald emphasized that if the heating option puts the project over budget, it most likely won’t occur.

(KHS Update 3: :37 sec "Our official position has been … over budget.")

Williams also addressed an aspect of the plan that had raised community concerns. He said the parking lot intended to go between the back of the high school and Upper Mill Bay Road will be significantly smaller than planned so that fewer trees will need to be removed.

(KHS Update 4: :29 sec "This was a parking lot … smaller in size.")

Williams said so far the project is moving along on schedule and on budget. The hope is to have completed plans ready to go to bid in January so construction can begin next spring.

The updated designs for the new high school will be available on our website at KMXT dot org.


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