Today we received word from State Representative Lou Lang, who has been a huge proponent of our plans, that the State of Illinois has approved of our House Bill 760. With house bill 760 approved, East Prairie School can officially proceed forward with all of the plans that the community and teams have been making for the future of the East Prairie School community.
Our design team has met for weeks and has recently presented our plans to the Village of Skokie appearance committee. All of the hard work paid off as the Village voted the designs through for the next phase of development. Just a few weeks ago, these were all approved by the Village Skokie’s Planning Commission.
Today the students had the opportunity to meet two of our architects from STR Partners. Alan and Colby had the chance to meet and interact with many of our students and ask about our current school. They collect their ideas on education, what did they like about our current building, and most of all, what would they like to see in the future.
This process lead to some very fun and interesting conversations on everything from the locker rooms to the cafeteria tables. Many of the students commented on how much they would like to have outdoor spaces, access to smaller study rooms, updated classrooms and locker rooms and definitely a bigger band room. New playgrounds and a more colorful school were also on the top of the list as was more vegetation in and around the school. Some also thought the best way to get from one floor to another was by including escalators. So much fun.
STR Partners have always worked with the students during the design process of any of the school that they have built. This helps in the process because even though they design schools all the time, each one of the structures is as unique as the communities in which they are built. STR will continue meeting with the students and staff for a few more days this week.
Recently you might have seen some new marking on the grounds of the district along with stakes in the ground. These are areas in which we will be doing some future soil boring. Soil borings are tests which are conducted for different reasons. Some of these reasons including to determine what is the density of the soil, how much dirt is beneath the grass and what types of rock lays beneath that. These soil boring tests are performed by excavating soil from an area and analyzing it. Do not worry there will not any large holes to worry about, these are about 2 inches in diameter and run about 25 feet into the ground. The tests will help the architects determine how deep they can dig and and what types of materials they will need to support the new structure.
This coming Saturday, January 14th from 9:30-11:00 in the Learning Center, community members will have a chance to take part in a community engagement session. During this session, participants will meet with our Architects and be asked about your wishes and dreams for the new building, what you value, what you would like to take with you into a new building. Please join us as we plan for the future of our District.
A few weeks back, STR Partners also met with community and staff members to gain insight on some of the wishes and dreams were discussed about the new facilites.
Over the past weeks you might have noticed many workmen in the area with some odd equipment. This equipment is being used to survey the various properties owned by the school district. Surveying is the process in which a team of engineers can locate all of the property boundaries and place marking on the ground where various utilities are. The process of surveying is used to provide architects with exact measurements, which will guide them in the overall designs of the the new building and facilities.
As part of our new building and construction project, the district needs to conduct a traffic study in the area. A traffic study is a detailed examination and analysis of a transportation system supported by data collection. The process is as follows: ... A study starts with the identification and definition of a transportation problem, followed by data collection and analysis.
The traffic engineer has scheduled traffic counts for this coming Thursday, March 2. A traffic count is a count of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, which is conducted along a particular road, path, or intersection.
Please know there will be a few people in the area with clipboards and counters standing on the corners around the school to count traffic.