School Board Approves Architectural Services Contract with Gorski Reifsteck/DLR Group

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:20pm

The Champaign Unit 4 Board of Education approved a contract Monday to hire Champaign-based Gorski Reifsteck and DLR Group for professional architectural services that will assist the District to program, plan, and design a new Central High School and a renovated Centennial High School. The Gorski Reifsteck/DLR Group team was selected as the most outstanding from the group of twelve submissions received by the District.

Gorski Reifsteck/ DLR Group will assist with programming, which will include working with District staff to determine the academic programs housed at each school and ensuring that adequate space is allocated for the growing student population. This would include programming space for all curricular and extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, band, music, and drama as well as the most up-to-date advancements in sustainable technology and security. As a result of this work, schools will be constructed or updated to contemporary standards to enhance student achievement and provide the highest-quality educational experience for District students and staff.   

Over the past several years, the District has engaged in a long-range, community-focused planning process for determining the capabilities, needs and future of its existing school buildings.  In February, the Board announced the purchase of a new 80-acre site for Central High School, located at Neil Street and Interstate Drive. The Board selected the site following a thorough evaluation of the sites available, which included a concerted effort to uncover sites in the interior of the community large enough to build a comprehensive high school campus. Using current elementary school enrollment numbers, the District will need to serve 1,600 students at each of its Central and Centennial campuses by 2022. Today, those campuses serve 1,200 and 1,300 students respectively and are currently at 103% capacity.

Other services included in the $120,000 contract will focus on sustainability, LEED initiatives and certification, and other services the firm may have experience in providing to districts considering construction and renovations to high school buildings. Following the passage of a referendum, a separate agreement will be necessary for the final building design.