We had an auditorium and tore it down?
Many of us in the community remember the old auditorium that was a part of the original high school. In the late 1990's, the process began to assess the future of our high school facility and what it would take to bring it up to code compliance and allow for the modernization of the building related to the technology demands of a modern education. It was determined that the cost of modernization and repair work necessary would approach the estimated cost of a new building. At that time, the State of Illinois was offering revenues through the capital development board to assist with school building projects. The Board of Education at the time elected to place on the ballot a proposal to build a new high school. The original intent of that plan was to replace all existing spaces as well as add some additional needed facilities. Ultimately, the community voted build a new high school.
As the process played out, it became apparent that what our architect at the time had designed could not be built within our allowable budget. The process began to redesign the proposed project. As a part of that process, it was determined that we would have to sacrifice a new auditorium space and settle for a commonly modified version, a multiuse space, that we call the Cafetorium. At the time it was not that we did not want the Auditorium, but it did not fit into the budget and a priority was placed on the needed modernization of the academic space.
So how do we avoid the same thing happening in this situation? How do we ensure that we are able to deliver on the proposed project at the proposed price? We have focused aggressively to ensure that we are committed to the design so that as we assess the anticipated cost of construction, we are not seeking any midconstruction changes. We have engaged with a variety of consultants to assess the anticipated cost and leverage their skill and experience to provide the best possible estimates. We have engaged with PJ Hoerr as a construction manager to assess, evaluate, plan, and schedule in such a way to provide the best oppportunity to meet our promise. We have done this in a proactive manner rather than as a response to a bad outcome. We believe in the people who have engaged with the District in the planning for this project and trust in the process that they have laid out.
We believe that our community will be proud of our new Auditorium.