New Crook County School Presented Challenges to Complete

(Moorcroft, Wyo.) When the school district decided they wanted to combine their Moorcroft K-12 school system onto a single site, it was no small task to undertake. The previous elementary school was located approximately 1,200 feet away, and that was a problem for high school students that traveled to that school for lunch. Sheridan firm Vista West Engineering teamed with Dale Buckingham Architects to construct a new K-8 school for Crook County School District #1, one that was adjacent to the existing high school. But the building site presented several challenges for the team. They had to deal with significant elevation changes across the construction site. And they had to deal with a large drainage channel that ran right through the middle. [image: da0f7ed9-6ced-4e39-a8f6-274a9ef1401d.jpg] In the end, through the close collaboration of the design team, the owner, and the Wyoming School Facilities Department, they were able to finish construction while the existing high school was in session, and had everything completed for the 2015 - 2016 school year. Plus, they provided new parking areas and bus and parent drop-off sites to serve both the new K-8 as well as the existing high school. Elevation change around the building was turned into a positive aspect. They also added two storm water detention ponds, and a significant amount of sewer and water main extensions to serve the new building. At 79,246 square feet, the new K-8 is one of the larger schools in the state. *h/t to the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce // Vista West Engineering* #county17 #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook