We’re building excitement! Learn about the Indoor Activities Center Core Planning Group

Orono Schools Core Planning School

On November 8, residents of the Orono School District approved construction of an Indoor Activities Center adjacent to Orono High School.

To ensure the center is a vibrant addition enjoyed by community members of all ages and interests, the district has created a Core Planning Group. The group, comprised of 26 community members and seven ad hoc members, met for the first time on January 4.

The Core Planning Group is charged with developing recommendations to the School Board about the layout and features of the 80,000-square-foot building, as well as the quality of the overall space and user experience.

The first CPG meeting was devoted to introductions and discussing initial criteria. At the second meeting, members will tour similar facilities in other communities or school districts to discuss features they like and don’t like – and why.  “It’s not about finding the perfect facility to replicate,” said architect Vaughn Dierks of Wold Architects and Engineers, “but to see what others have done with similar facilities, what they would do differently and to determine what is appropriate for Orono.”

Future CPG meetings will focus on:

  • Developing preliminary criteria
  • Reviewing diagrams and floor plans
  • Finalizing criteria and plans

Its work is tentatively slated to be completed in March, when the group will present a recommendation to the School Board. The goal is to ensure that the project is aligned with district goals and community expectations, and falls within the scope, budget and schedule of the project approved by voters. Construction is expected to begin this fall with completion anticipated by the fall of 2018.

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