NAPOLEON — Representatives from Garmann Miller Architects unveiled a 3D rendering for a new athletic/academic addition to Napoleon Junior/Senior High School called the Wildcat Activity Center during the Napoleon Area Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.
Matt Hibner, board member and architect of Garmann Miller, and Brian Wolf, project manager for the firm, revealed floor plans and 3D rendering of an 82,000 square foot two-story addition which would house sports/academic spaces.
The floor plans, which were revealed to the board via a Zoom meeting in April, and the 3D rendering presented in person on Wednesday, were compiled to meet the district’s specific needs following vision meetings in January with members school/community. In January, Hibner and Wolf met with people from the community who represented business/curricular, sports/boosters, and community/family interests.
Hibner shared a video, showcasing the site plan, floor plan and a 3D rendering, which showed the addition to Napoleon Junior/Senior High School.
“Just to give you a bit of history, in April at the council meeting, we presented a site plan, which shows the addition to the existing high school,” Hibner began. “To the west of the building, we plan to add this facility. »
Hibner shared the floor plan, in which he outlined the main entrance and an atrium, which would lead to existing spaces in the building, such as the natatorium and gymnasium (Grand Canyon). The addition would include space for a three-court gymnasium with a three-lane walking track around the courts, a turf area that would be used for football and soccer, and a netting for the batting cages for baseball and softball.
Connected to this space between the new gymnasiums and the natatorium would be locker rooms, storage areas, coaches’ offices, locker rooms, and a wrestling hall that could serve as a staging area for the natatorium.
On the other side of the atrium, there would be a community room/virtual reality lab and a weight room/workout room. A corridor from these spaces would run north to the end of the building, where new vo-ag classrooms, an office, storage room, metal shop and carpentry shop would be located at the west end of the building. The metal and wood workshops would include garage doors to facilitate the entry and exit of materials.
East of the hallway, or just west of the existing building near the college gymnasium, new locker rooms, coaches’ offices/changing rooms, restrooms, and a new concession stand would be included. The existing locker rooms near the college gymnasium would be converted into locker rooms for the referees.
Moving to the second floor, Hibner shared stairs and elevators leading to a new seating area above the natatorium that could accommodate approximately 400–500 people. A storage room and a pair of mechanical rooms would complete the work on the second floor. Also, there would be some storage.
From there, Hibner introduced the 3D rendering, so council members could get a much more detailed look at the exterior and interior spaces. The 3D rendering included trophy cases, graphics depicting ‘Napoleon’, ‘Wildcats’ and other banners in the spaces that could be incorporated into the design.
“Over the past few months, our team has been focused on creating exterior and interior animations so we can show you what the building might look like,” Hibner said. “Overall we’re looking at a new facility of about 82,000 square feet, it’s a large facility, but I think we’ve included almost everything you were looking for in your January visioning sessions.”
After re-watching the video, board members asked a few questions about the different spaces, how close the addition would be to Charles Buckenmeyer Stadium, and if anything needed to be removed from the current footprint of the space at outside of college/high school.
After answering their questions, Hibner, along with Superintendent Erik Belcher, shared what happens next.
“The next step is to form an opinion on the likely cost of what you just watched,” Hibner said. “We will get to work anticipating market conditions, we would like to reach out to local contractors for feedback, material deadlines, delays, etc. Once we’ve done that, we’ll get an opinion on the likely cost to you.
“This concludes our Phase I and Phase II steps in the process, if you are planning on having other community meanings or anything like that, we would be happy to help facilitate or assist in any way we can” , added Hibner, who expects to have notice of the likely cost to the board by its next meeting.
Said Belcher: “After we get the opinion of the likely cost, we will share it with the public, and at that time we will see how we would like to proceed from there. Is it something we can do, is there something we need to adjust, those are questions we will have to ask after we get that number.