Monday, November 21, 2016

Proposed Conceptual Plan for Additions to Dunwoody High School & Peachtree Charter Middle School


The following information is taken from the "Frequently Asked Questions for Secondary School Study" document located on the DCSD website: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/e-splost/files/2016/11/FAQ_20161118__.pdf

You can find the conceptual plans for the other high schools involved at the following link:  http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/documents/secondary-school-study/appendix-a-conceptual-plans-(10-31-2016).pdf.

The conceptual plan for Peachtree Charter MS seems to be the least "controversial" of all the plans submitted.  That makes sense as there is a tremendous amount of land to work with at PCMS.

You can "click" on the pictures of the Site Plan to view in a separate window and enlarge.



The following conceptual plan has been architect reviewed and is presented as a feasible solution to address projected overcrowding at Dunwoody High School by year 2022 when the school anticipates enrollment of 2,093 students, or 588 students over capacity. Throughout the Secondary School Planning & Feasibility Study, multiple options to address capacity needs – including redistricting, constructing new classrooms, and adding a new high school cluster – were reviewed and considered. Extensive steering committee analysis and community input have resulted in a recommendation to construct a classroom addition at Dunwoody High School. A classroom addition could be accomplished in multiple ways, but this recommendation represents, in our opinion, the most practical approach despite some limitations. This approach may be altered following detailed site analysis and architectural design.

Current Site
Currently, the school is configured for 79 classrooms. The current site acreage is 29.61, below the state recommended acreage of 35.05 for a school its size. With projected enrollment in 2022, the school site will be well below the state recommended acreage. The campus currently includes 462 parking spaces.

Recommendation
Construct a 600-seat, 29-classroom, two-story addition extending the current footprint and bringing the school to 108 classrooms. The 34,800-square-ft. classroom addition would extend from the northeast corner of the current building. 

Core Areas
The classroom addition and resulting increased capacity will require modifications to the school’s media center, cafeteria, and kitchen core areas. The recommendation is to construct additions to each of these facilities expanding core areas by 4,236-square-ft.

Challenges

• Due to site limitations, the location of the classroom addition is not directly adjacent to the

classroom portion of the existing building.
• The proposed recommendation would require the addition of 160 surface parking spaces which can be accommodated by utilizing existing property, resulting in a total of 622 campus parking spaces.
• The proposed recommendation would result in some disruption to school operations during construction.
• The proposed recommendation would result in a high school far larger than is typical in DCSD.

Cost
The estimated total cost of the proposed recommendation is $16,900,000 (See Appendix B).
 
Peachtree Charter Middle School


The following conceptual plan has been architect reviewed and is presented as a feasible solution to address projected overcrowding at Peachtree Middle School by year 2022 when the school anticipates enrollment of 1,686 students, or 442 students over capacity. Throughout the Secondary School Planning & Feasibility Study, multiple options to address capacity needs – including redistricting, constructing new classrooms, and adding a new high school cluster – were reviewed and considered. Extensive steering committee analysis and community input have resulted in a recommendation to construct a classroom addition at Peachtree Middle School. A classroom addition could be accomplished in multiple ways, but this recommendation represents, in our opinion, the most practical approach despite some limitations. This approach may be altered following detailed site analysis and architectural design.

Current Site
Currently, the school is configured for 71 classrooms. The current site acreage is 29.56, above the state recommended acreage of 24.44 for a school its size. With projected enrollment in 2022, the school site will remain slightly above the state recommended acreage. The campus currently includes 158 parking spaces.  

Recommendation
Construct a 450-seat, 26-classroom, two-story addition extending the current footprint and bringing the school to 97 classrooms. The 31,200-square-ft. classroom addition would extend from the northeast corner of the current building. Its layout is similar to that of the adjacent structures and therefore utilizes the same circulation corridors that currently exist. 

Core Areas
The classroom addition and resulting increased capacity will require modifications to the school’s media center, cafeteria, and kitchen core areas. The recommendation is to construct a new kitchen/cafeteria addition, as well as a new media center addition. These modifications will expand core areas by 2,458-square-ft. 

Challenges
• The proposed recommendation would result in some disruption to school operations during construction.
• The proposed recommendation would require the addition of 133 surface parking spaces which can be accommodated by utilizing existing property, resulting in a total of 291 campus parking spaces.

Cost
The estimated total cost of the proposed recommendation is $14,100,000 (See Appendix B).

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