We are a small Catholic school of ~350 students and growing. Since 2005 we have increased our enrollment by 100 students, and anticipate continued growth of 50 additional students until we hit full capacity. The need for additional classroom space necessitates the conversion of a kindergarten classroom area into a joint computer/library "media lab". For this shared space we will be moving the computers from the current (23' X 28') lab space, and having to design a library element from the ground up. This space will be used by all students, from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Our hope is to have a space that will be welcoming, efficient, effectively meet our needs, and serve us well for many years. The room being renovated into a media lab area is 51'8"L and 21'6" wide. It has a dropped ceiling height of 8'8". There are 2 pocket accordian doors which can be used to divide the room. One of these doors is located 20'11" from one end of the room, and the other is 13'8" from the other end of the room; there is 15'1" between them (these measurements are approximate, not taking into account the width of the doors). This room will need to be wired for electricity and network cabling to support 16 computer stations, and a ceiling-mounted projector and projection screen moved as well. We would also like to move the head end of our cabling down to this area, as it's currently located in the principal's office. A wiring rack has been donated to us for this purpose. There is no money for equipment or furniture upgrade/replacement, so the current computer lab resources will be moved to the new area. This includes 14 computer desktop towers with 15" monitors, each with a footprint of approximately 31square inches. Thirteen of these towers reside on 8 tables, which are 8'L X 2'6"deep. A rolling table measuring 31"x32" holds the teaching computer and network server. Two file cabinets (22"L X 14"deep), the teacher's desk (60"L X 30") and a small rolling table (31" X 26.5") will also be moved to the new area. The library consists of approximately 2000 volumes, which includes picture books, standard-size books, reference books, periodicals, and videotapes. The librarian has a desk (54"L X 24"), 2 rolling book carts (36"L), and 2 file cabinets (22"L X 14"deep). She will have 2 computer workstations in her area. We currently do not have shelving for books or other materials. We do have access to 6 round tables (41.5" diameter) for students seating.
November 4, 2010
This project will need to be completed in its entirety by August 22, 2011. Design requirements are the first step, and should be completed by June 20, 2010 so that renovations can take place over the summer while students are not in the building.
I anticipate that the funds currently available in our budget will be stretched to meet the physical work of renovation/materials/labor. Thank you for considering this project. With pro bono design services we will be able to leverage our limited funding to have the best-designed space possible.