Slated to be built a quarter of a mile from Mountain House High School, now under construction in the southern portion of the community, the new K-8 elementary is expected to house 800 to 900 students upon completion.
On Wednesday, Wesley King, senior architect of the architectural firm Nichols, Melburg and Rossetto, showed the board images of his firm’s proposal for Hansen’s classrooms, administration area, library and multipurpose room.
Included in the design for each classroom were teacher lockers, a wall of computers and 24 storage cubbies for lower-grade students or hooks to hold the belongings of upper-grade students.
Trustee Sharon Lampel questioned why designers were proposing only 24 storage containers for the younger children. She said they would likely need more student storage in the future and should plan ahead. Trustee Micaela Vergara suggested planning 30 cubbies. King told the board he would make the adjustment.
After King completed his presentation, the board voted 5-0 to approve the design development drawings. King told the board his firm planned to submit the plans for Peter Hansen Elementary School to the Division of State Architects in March for approval.
According to board President David Pombo, the school is not expected to be built until another elementary school is needed in Neighborhood C. He said the timing of construction would be based upon the number of houses constructed in that neighborhood and the completion of the community’s other villages.
King told the board his firm was planning to hire a contractor for the project Thursday, Jan. 16.
A school naming committee chose in June to name the school after Hansen. He was one of the original 16 Lammersville School District families and the man who pushed the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in 1876 to accept a petition to create the district.
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