CMSWillowbrook, Boynton Williams Architects spearhead bond issue improvements in district
CHICKASHA, OKLA — Chickasha-based construction management firm CMSWillowbrook, Inc. broke ground on Ninnekah’s all-new, 12,600 square-foot middle school on October 15, 2014, a celebratory achievement following the passage of a February bond issue. Enthusiastically supported by the community, the issue passed with more than 70% voting in favor.
“I really enjoy working with and for Ninnekah Public Schools,” says CMSWillowbrook President and Chickasha resident Cary DeHart. “District Superintendent Bunch is a very good administrator and a very genuine individual that truly cares about the students of Ninnekah. His stewardship of the District’s funds in terms of construction has always been very practical.”
The new facility will include 5 classrooms, a computer lab, and a multi-purpose FEMA-compliant saferoom large enough to hold all students and staff. When not in use, the saferoom will double as the Science Lab, a multifunctional trend in new school construction.
Given that the new saferoom will actually be the district’s second shelter, the outpouring of support from the community of Ninnekah with regard to the progressive vision of the district’s improvements seems easy to understand.
In addition to state-of-the-art technology, the new school also features energy-efficient HVAC systems and insulation, lighting, and an energy management system. The new facility will even boast an emergency backup generator powerful enough to pick up the load in the event of an outage.
“It’s wonderful to see that the community, in addition to district administrators, teachers, and staff, uniformly agree that a first-rate education in a safe and secure facility are key to the success of future generations of Ninnekah students,” added DeHart.
The new Ninnekah Middle School was designed by Boynton Williams & Associates Architects of Norman.
Construction is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.