It's an interesting building that there is no question about. Some issues experienced yesterday with the new school include problems with the phone lines as well as problems with the Internet. Not a big deal especially being a new school and not having much time to work out all the bugs.
One area that begs to question is why isn't the cafeteria not yet functional? And why did the school board order pizza's for the school children instead of having the food made at other area schools and bringing it into this school? It would seem logical to have gone that route as opposed to ordering pizza. What an order some business received over this.
We did a bit more checking and the rail on the second floor is probably 40 inches high as it should be. A number of readers think that nothing will ever get thrown over that rail for any reason and that to think so otherwise is foolish. It is their belief that every child is raised by parents who are very diligent in teaching their children between right and wrong. I hope they are correct but a walk through any store suggests otherwise. To think that every child, preteen, and teenager has been brought up to the highest standards of society is rather foolish.
I have no wish for seeing any form of even mild mischief to take place yet to think it will not happen and that teachers will surely prevent such at every moment of everyday again is wishful thinking at best. It is not only my opinion but also the opinion of others that designs throughout this structure are considered potentially dangerous.
How many teachers are out in this hall all day to make sure there are no issues and how is that cost effective when it comes to staffing?
Now a question about open design. People are complaining that I would even complain about the waste of space this open design creates. I am not the only one saying this. This is also coming from an engineer as well as people that have been involved in constructing schools. It's a heating and cooling nightmare for one. Those claiming that open design is not an issue have not had to deal with the problems of heating and cooling such a structure.
So the above picture that shows two stories of open window space is needed for educational purposes? I have no issues with the windows for each floor being the way they are, but how many classes could have been built in here that are now wasted?
Now the classrooms are nice looking. What I have to wonder about is the windows as large as they are affecting the learning process. The reason for the question is that anyone walking through the hall could very well be a distraction to the class or some in a class.
The reason you have not seen these types of designs in schools in the past is because designers knew and understood these issues. Today though it has become very unfashionable to ever question those in charge. We should just accept what those in charge do. If there is an issue then you blame the parents for not teaching their children, kids, preteens, teenagers, or whatever anyone wants to call their offspring these days, for not teaching them how to maintain the highest standards of society.
The lunchroom or cafeteria from another angle. Open floor plan.
The cafeteria food serving section is nice looking. Hope it's up and running soon. If you are just looking at the aesthetics of the overall design it is nice looking. Modern, simple, and clean. If you are looking at it from a liability standpoint, it is fraught with a host of "potential" issues. Potential is the key word here. Most people are not looking at the potential issues. Those that are have been fast to discredit our initial post about this school and it's overall design because of the liability issues being faced. The rail height on the second floor as seen in the above picture were brought up during construction but were blown off. If something heavy gets thrown off that area or falls by some weird accident anyone below could be seriously hurt. This is why schools in the past were not designed like this.
A number of people do not consider the fencing around the back of the building to be an issue. Will the children, preteens, teenagers, or your offspring not try and climb these fences? The design is against climbing them. If you are foolish enough to try and climb over one you will probably get hurt. It is designed to keep people out that have no business being there. The fences meet construction standards and are upper end fences. No question. But again you have to be foolish enough to think that every child, preteen, teenager, offspring, have all been brought up in households where the highest standards of society have been instilled in them and that they all follow those standards to the hilt at all times with no question.
We have invited Charles Records to write a letter to dispel the posts here. He has invited members of the public to tour the school so that he could dispel what has been posted. We await his reply and will bring that to you if he does respond.