The Middle School’s new Innovation Lab, built with funds from the 2018 referendum, is a flexible learning space that can be configured for a wide range of uses.
Coding classes, robotics, and technology classes may be housed in the Innovation Lab next year but its flexibility means it can be used for virtually any class that involves collaboration and it can be used as a remote learning center during the pandemic. Please click here to take a video tour if you haven't seen this beautiful space in person.
Formerly the "old" library at the Middle School, the Innovation Lab provides additional classroom space and more capacity for the growing middle school population. The three classrooms can accommodate a total of 62 students. It is a companion space to the nearby Learning Commons.
Referendum funds were also used for the new PUMS Nurses' Suite which replaces the former Health Office. By reclaiming space that housed an office and photocopying equipment there is now more room for students in the new Nurses' Suite. In addition to upgraded exam and isolation rooms, there are also resting areas for students who are feeling unwell or waiting to be picked up by a parent.
The extensive HVAC project that provided air conditioning for most classrooms in the middle school was also completed in 2020. The new security vestibule, which includes a desk for the PUMS building monitor, was also among the upgrades completed last year.
The renovations were designed by the Spiezle Architecture Group. H & S Construction and Mechanical did the Middle School Innovation Lab, Nurses' Suite, and the new security vestibule.
The PUMS projects that were funded with referendum money--like others throughout the district--focus on improving school conditions for the benefit of students and staff with an emphasis on the learning environment, health, and wellness.
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