Preliminary designs unveiled for new middle/high schools and addition to Zach

During Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, Poudre School District unveiled preliminary schematic designs for two planned middle/high schools and the addition to Zach Elementary School, marking an exciting step forward in the overall building process.

These conceptual designs are available online in this PowerPoint presentation (given to the Board Feb. 12) and will be displayed in PSD’s central office building at 2407 Laporte Ave. until Friday, Feb. 15, for anyone who would like to view them in person from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The two middle school/high schools are slated to open in the fall of 2022. One of them will be constructed on Prospect Road east of Interstate 25, and features an athletics complex with a stadium, as seen in the conceptual designs. The other will be built in Wellington on a piece of land about a mile and a half west of the current Wellington Middle School.

The schematic designs released on Tuesday will be further refined in more detailed design development documents prior to being finalized. PSD plans to update the community with more detailed design documents later this spring.

This video shows the conceptual schematic design plan for PSD's new middle/high schools.

Both schools are being designed for about 1,800 students. Some guiding design principles are that: occupants not only are safe but feel safe in a building that balances openness and security; environments should adapt; physical spaces should support everything teachers want to do; and students should be able to learn across subjects and spaces; and environmental stewardship is ubiquitous.

In the November 2016 election, voters approved a $375 million bond and $8 million mill levy override. With these funds, PSD will complete $40 million in facility improvements at all existing schools. In addition to plans to construct the two new middle/high schools, PSD will build a new elementary school in the southeast part of the District, an addition to Zach Elementary School, a transportation maintenance facility, and the athletics complex at the Prospect site.

For more information about these projects, including projected timelines, visit the PSD New Schools and Facility Improvements web page.