Fountain Valley News - Your Hometown Community Newspaper

By Christy McGee
FFC8 Director of Communications 

FFC8 looks to future with facilities improvements

 

Last updated 6/1/2021 at 12:29pm

Courtesy of CRP Architects

Pictured are the architect's renderings of the new Trojan Arena, including the inside gym and view from the main front entry (below). FFC8 is working with CRP Architects on the design, with plans to break ground this October and open for use about two years later.

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 currently has a couple of large construction projects ongoing, both located in Fountain. The district is also looking to the future with a couple more projects on the schedule - including a new arena.

A.I.M. Education Center – current project

The district broke ground for the A.I.M. Education Center in July 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. The A.I.M. Education Center will be located off Jimmy Camp Road, behind and east of the Conrad Early Learning Center and the District's Administration Office. To reach the building, visitors will actually turn on a new road to be named "Trojan Point Road."

A.I.M. stands for Achieve, Inspire, Motivate and the building will house two programs for students with unique needs. The Launch Program serves students from the age of 18 – 21 who have met the requirements to earn their high school diploma, but per their Individualized Education Plan (IEP), they qualify for extra support and time in learning life skills to support their postsecondary goals. The second program is the Phoenix Program, serving students in grades K-12 who, due to trauma that has impacted their life and education, need a less traditional setting to support their academic and social-emotional needs.

The A.I.M. Education Center is set to open its doors to students this August.

Mesa Elementary School Addition – current project

Due to growth in the northern part of Fountain, Mesa Elementary needed more room to expand in order to serve its community. Classes moved into a new, two-story classroom wing over the Thanksgiving Break in 2020. The remodeling work of the original building is underway and expected to conclude this summer. The final phase of the construction project at Mesa will begin this summer and is scheduled to be complete in early 2022. In the third phase, the gymnasium and main office/entrance will be remodeled. When the project is complete, the school will be able to hold more students, to accommodate for growth in the Fountain area for years to come. To follow along with the Mesa Elementary project, parents and community members can visit the school's website at https://www.ffc8.org/Mesa or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MesaElementaryFFC8.

YMCA/DFAC – current project

While not technically a specific construction project of the school district's, this facility renovation is happening due to the partnership between FFC8 and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. The Fountain Valley YMCA will open and operate out of what will be formerly known as the Dean Fleischauer Activities Center (DFAC) at 326 W. Alabama. The YMCA has been renovating and remodeling the inside of the district's former gym and classrooms in that facility and hopes to open it to the community this summer. For more information on this project, as well as what will be included in the facility and membership, visit https://ppymca.org/locations/south/fountain-valley.

Trojan Arena – future project

Set to break ground in October 2021, the district will move and expand its indoor athletic capacity from the DFAC to what will be a new Trojan Arena. The Trojan Arena will be located off Jimmy Camp Road in Fountain, behind and east of the District's Administration Office and the FFCHS baseball fields.

Trojan men's and women's basketball teams are a force to reckon with in 5A state basketball, earning playoff berths in many years recently between them. FFCHS has competed at 5A-level high school athletics for quite some time now, but the main gym at the school is not officially big enough to host CHSAA-sanctioned tournaments or playoff basketball games. The new arena will not only expand seating capacity but will also bring with it the expansion of student and staff programs. The Trojan Sports News broadcasting will have a prominent place, as well as the opportunity for point-of-sale on Trojan merchandise from the FFCHS DECA students. The facility will also allow for more staff wellness opportunities.

Included with this article are a couple of architectural renderings, from the initial stages of planning. Some things could change. What readers and attendees will see is a welcoming outdoor plaza where students and guests can sit and relax or even study outdoors. The entire facility, inside and out, will be branded in Trojan red and blue. Inside, the concourse will welcome all visitors with multiple concession windows and prime real estate for the Trojan Store (both run by the FFCHS DECA students). Students will also be considered when it comes time to allocate space for the Trojan Sports Network, to broadcast from inside the arena.

The Trojan Arena is scheduled to open in October 2023. Sports fans and community members can follow along with progress of the arena in this paper, the district's website (www.ffc8.org) or the district's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FFC8schools.

Abrams Elementary – future project

The district is in close conversations with leadership on Fort Carson about a new location for Abrams Elementary School. The pad where Abrams sits currently is not conducive to traffic on post (specifically on Chiles), nor is it convenient for parents, a majority of whom live on the west side of Chiles. As possible ground was identified, the district and Fort Carson have evaluated the options and discussed pros and cons to moving the school. A tentative new location has been selected and unofficially approved by both organizations. The next step is to await approval from the Department of Defense before official planning can begin on a new school in a new location.

All of these projects are undertaken with the goal of serving students in the best way possible through district facilities. When students and staff have a safe, clean, and inviting place to work and learn, then they are successful. The district sees investment in facilities as just one more way to invest in a child's education.

 

Reader Comments(0)

 
 

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2021