Our new elementary building is nearing completion. Thanks to the collective work of many people, including dedicated and strategic leadership from the Foundation Board, we can say that we have successfully completed the biggest construction project in the history of the school. The building is almost ready to accommodate our students and faculty and everything will be in place to start the new school year on September 1st.
Most of the furniture for the new building was already delivered and the desks are assembled and in classrooms. The boxes from the modules on both the ES and MS/HS have been be moved into the new rooms and this will allow cleaning crews to do a thorough clean of the entire school, Nursery-12, in preparation for the start of school. This week has also seen the IT Department working very hard installing the Fiber Optic cables in the new building and moving all school servers to a more central location in order for improved internet connectivity throughout the campus. They have also been installing the projectors in classroom and conference rooms.
We think you all will be very excited about the final product. The classrooms are big and with tons of natural light, the staircase is wide enough for students to enter and exit the building easily and although the new lunchroom in the basement and ground floor will be finished at a future time we can already see the potential of those areas.
Very soon, we will feel settled and happy in our new home.
We are thrilled to share that our new building construction project remains right on schedule. In addition to the facades of the building, which are changing daily, there is an extensive amount of work being done on infrastructural elements, such as the preparation for cabling and ventilation. It is really incredible to see the space take shape and all of the blueprints finally come to life.
This week we have started to have some members of the faculty and staff conduct site visits to examine the space. While the vast majority of the design elements for the classrooms have been determined, we are now focusing our efforts on fine tuning the plans in situ to make sure the we create an ideal learning environment for students. A skeletal classroom has been set up on the primera planta in order for us to visualize the exact placement of the door, size and placement of the hallway window, and select specific colors for items such as window frames and ceiling panels.
Now, more than ever, we have a true idea of what lies in store for 2016-2017. We cannot wait for September when the building comes to life with the joy and excitement of children, parents, and faculty.
As noted in the November 9th BFIS Weekly, we are thrilled that our full construction license has been granted and that work on the project has resumed. We have been astounded by the speed of progress from the construction team as within days there were beginning to work on construction of the first floor.
Each passing day gets us one step closer to realizing our goal and we are excited to see the building begin to take shape!
At BFIS, we do our best to remain true to the core elements that make our school special. But, what exactly does this have to do with staircases? Everything.
Each year we hear from past, current, and prospective families that what separates us from other schools is the close connection among students, parents, and faculty. Moreover, countless community members have shared how much they appreciate being welcomed into our learning space as opposed to being “blocked at the gate,” which often happens at other schools. We know this extra touch of opening our doors sends a strong message, especially to the students who see parents and teachers communicating and exchanging friendly greetings each day.
As a result, one of the great design elements of the new ES building is a wide staircase built to accommodate the foot traffic we witness on a daily basis. With over 200 students and caregivers in transition during drop-off and pick-up, our challenge was to protect the “open-door” feel for families and create an infrastructure to elevate the day-to-day experience for the community.
Here is a video from today as the construction team begins to tackle the main staircase. Though it’s difficult to grasp the full dimension, our staircase will be three meters wide with a rail in the middle to divide the flow between those heading upstairs versus those moving downstairs. Needless to say, it will be a major upgrade from the current experience on campus!