Excited middle school students from Weld County District 6 gathered with SLATERPAULL / RB+B Architects, FCI Constructors, RLH Engineering, District Administrators and State Representatives on March 27th in Evans to celebrate the groundbreaking for the long-awaited Prairie Heights Middle School. The new 103,000 square foot, 650-student middle school will replace the ailing John Evans Middle School in Greeley. The 22 million dollar school will open in August of 2015.
Students from John Evans who had written the most persuasive essays were selected by the principal to attend the groundbreaking. After the ceremony, the students studied the drawings and renderings of the future building and asked questions of the design team.
The project is the culmination of an 18-month-long master plan study for District 6 by SLATERPAULL / RB+B, which recommended the John Evans replacement as the most urgent project among 25 schools in the study. Prairie Heights Middle is being funded by a B.E.S.T. grant from the State of Colorado and by school bonds approved by the voters of Greeley and Evans in 2012.
PHMS will be a LEED Gold facility with extensive daylighting and energy- and water-efficient building systems. Features will include a 2-story sky lit atria for each grade level (6-8), outdoor classrooms, and wood wall treatments salvaged from the original John Evans gym floor.