Location: Wenatchee, WA
The Pioneer Middle School Gym project involves additions to and modernization of a historic 40,000 SF post-WWII era gymnasium complex. The project also maintains the distinctive concrete bowstring arch superstructure and canopy. Replacement of the field lighting and of the natural field grass with state of the art turf and other security enhancements were added to the scope of the project once underway.
Forte met with staff and administration throughout the design phase to ensure that the improvements to the facility met the current and future needs and goals of the Wenatchee School District. Improvements to the structure include new HVAC, fire sprinklers, LED lighting , new floor finishes, insulated windows, doors, entrances, and new bleachers to hold 1,600 attendees. The completely reconfigured and renovated locker rooms and multipurpose classroom spaces are designed to be flexible enough to allow the Wenatchee School District to host tournaments with facilities for 4 teams at one time, in addition to housing the day-to-day Physical Education activities for the Middle School.
Forte Architects provided the initial conceptual design and budget estimates which allowed the School District to present the project to Wenatchee voters, who passed the bond initiative. In February 2014, Forte began programming and schematic design and guided the project through Design Development and Construction Documents to a successful bid opening in March of 2015. Several firms bid the project and were within the budget and schedule contained in the original Bond Initiative with construction beginning March 2015.