Design Firm Selected for High School Renovation
On Jan. 15, the contract between the Lake County School District (LCSD) and H+L Architecture (H+L) of Denver was finalized, marking the first decision of many on the $26 million Lake County High School (LCHS) renovation project. H+L is an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm, with extensive BEST Grant School project experience from across the state. And they have the portfolio to back up the claim. Check out some of their past work on their website: CLICK.
Once you’ve seen some of the other high schools that H+L has designed, it’s not hard to get inspired about the possibilities for Lake County High School. And next month, the local community will have a chance to share some of those ideas with the newly selected architecture firm.
On Tuesday, Feb.12, a “Community Design Charrette” will be held at the high school from 6:30 – 9 p.m., in the early evening to ensure maximum turnout and participation. A charrette, for those who may not be familiar with the term, is one of those fancy land use planning terms which means bringing everyone involved in the process – from residents, to educators, to local officials – together in an extended work session to share their vision for the project.H+L Architecture rose to the top among the firms vying for the LCHS renovation and addition project. Consilium Partners/Owner Representatives Chris Guarino and Colleen Kaneda hosted approximately 20 design firms for a mandatory site walk in early December to get a “lay of the land.”
Ah, the possibilities. . . . And while not every idea and suggestion will make it into the final concept, H+L has experience in bringing together the shared vision of all stakeholders into their designs.
Community input has been one of the mainstays throughout the process so far. It’s been made clear that both the LCSD Board of Education and their Owner Representative on the project, Consilium Partners, have a strong understanding of what it meant for the local voters to pass the school bond issue last November. The LCSD’s selection committee has worked openly with Consilium to “navigate a competitive procurement process for the project’s design team.” Accountability and transparency have been in the forefront.
From Designer to Builder
The Lake County School District selection committee has also identified a shortlist of CM/GC (General Contractor) firms and conducted additional interviews on Jan. 23. The shortlisted teams are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Adolfson & Peterson Construction
- FCI Constructors, Inc.
- Haselden Construction/Diesslin Structures Inc.
- Saunders Construction Inc. (Centennial, CO based General Contractor)
A final decision should be made shortly. Once the General Contractor (CMGC) is under contract, the district and the selected CMGC will be hosting a focal resource, materials and subcontractor registration and pre-qualification job fair.
Please stay tuned as more detailed information will be announced and advertised in the coming weeks including the formation of a Design Advisory Group and additional community wide updates at all major phases of the project.