Plans for the Colony Oak Elementary School renovation project can now move forward.
On Monday, the Ripon Unified school board approved the final design by WLC Architects. With that, Superintendent Siegrid ‘Ziggy’ Robeson said the plans can now be sent to the Division of State Architects in Sacramento as part of the estimated three-month process.
“The (revised plans) are not only better but more efficient and have cost savings,” she said.
A circular drop-off area / fire lane was added to access the road along the East Santos Avenue entrance.
A couple of the portables will stay in place and be used for the custodial staff and storage.
The plan for basketball courts sharing part of an access road was scrapped. Instead, architects, working closely with the Ripon Consolidated Fire District, opted for using the concrete pavement located along the two front classrooms as the access road /fire lanes.
“This is better than having road going right through the middle of campus,” Trustee Chad Huskey said.
The same concrete pavement will be flanked by the tetherball / basketball courts, with the two play facilities being divided by a walkway leading to the Multi-Purpose room otherwise known as Building A.
Colony Oak is the second part of the voter-approved Measure G plan – Weston was completed last year at about $10 million.
Not too long ago, the board approved CT Brayton & Sons of Escalon as contractors for this lease / leaseback project.
Plans call for turning Colony Oak into a Science Technology Engineering Mathematics or STEM campus.
The parking lot will also be expanded.
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