After passing a $10.2 million bond, Kimberly School District (Kimberly, ID) used the funds on these projects with which CTA assisted: a new intermediate elementary school building; six classroom and multi-purpose room additions to the middle school; a four-classroom addition and new ag/tech building at the high school; paving and surfacing of the running track; new curb, gutter, and sidewalk installation along Emerald and Center Streets; a new pre-K-5 elementary school; and completion (after nearly 75 years) of the district’s iconic gymnasium.
New Pre-K-5 Elementary School
CTA assisted Kimberly Schools with an educational master plan that helped them with their rising student population. Currently the largest elementary school in the State of Idaho, the community passed a bond to build a new elementary school and renew the existing one. The primary vision and need was based upon the quality of education for the optimal amount of students as well as minimizing the number of student transitions. The new 50,000 sq. ft., pre-K trough fifth grade Kimberly Elementary School will open its doors in fall 2018 with 21st century learning spaces, a commons cafeteria, and an overall environment that fosters student safety, collaboration, and quality education.
LA Thomas Gym
Construction of the L.A. Thomas Gym was funded by “New Deal” Work Projects Administration (WPA) dollars, but the project stalled when its builders left for WWII. The gym has been in use since 1942, though it never received an originally-intended stucco finish. CTA was tasked with finally completing the building’s exterior, creating an entry with more public presence, and adding ADA-accessible restrooms. CTA designers vetted many options for matching the historical nature of the building. A stucco exterior was applied, and a new glass-lined entryway shines daylight onto an exterior-turned-interior concrete wall, envisioned as a future gallery for historical facility photographs. The original, recognizable character of the building remains visible just inside the entry, the gym is now more inviting and accessible, and the project was completed on time and under a strict budget. The gym netted a 2016 Preservation Idaho Orchid Award for Historic Preservation.