Friday, January 11, 2013

Staff Tour Northside Elementary

The Northside Elementary staff toured their new school for the first time together on January 10.  Steve Nally, the project manager for the school's construction, led the group around the site, first showing them the blueprints and then going through the school.

Northside Elementary's first five staff members are: Cheryl Carnahan, principal; Coretta Sharpless, assistant principal; Alan Brown, technology specialist; Kathryn Cole, media specialist; and Cindy Fernandez, school secretary.

Brick has started to be laid on the outside of the buildings and can be seen on the walls of the three-story building, where windows are also being installed.  The stage area has been poured in the multi-purpose room.  Construction is being done on every floor, as the building begins to take shape.  Outside, the newly added rock wall complements the original rock wall, as well as the original steps that are still there from the OCTS/Northside School.

Once complete, the school will accommodate 585 students and have art, science and music rooms.  Northside Elementary is over 103,000 square feet and will be certified through the US Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System.  Sustainable design include:

  • stormwater management plan to reduce runoff and a rainwater cistern;
  • vegetated roof area, which will also be used for science classes;
  • rooftop solar thermal panels to generate hot water for the building's kitchen and space heating needs; and
  • windows and clerestories to maximize daylight in classrooms.

Northside Elementary opens in August 2013.  For more pictures from this and other construction visits, go to the district's Facebook page.

Northside Staff
Row 1 - Cheryl Carnahan, Coretta Sharpless, Kathryn Cole, Alan Brown
Row 2 - Cindy Fernandez
Northside Elementary
(Media Center on left, Main Entry in middle, Three-Story Building on right)
Media Center 
View of Three-Story Building from the Green Roof off the Science Classroom

View of Cafeteria from the Third Grade Wing in the Three-Story Building

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