Acorns to Oaks. A Campaign to Grow On.
Our School is Growing. Let’s build our dream school together.
Our unified vision will ultimately come to life in a plan for a permanent campus that can hold our students for years to come and a capital campaign that will help us raise the funds we need to make our vision a reality.
CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF FUTURE CAMPUS – BY OLDRICH HOZMAN, ARCHITECT
ALL SCHOOL MEETING
Winter/Spring 2020 Campus Update + Social
Presented to our school community on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Over the past couple of years, members of the Site Planning & Development Committee have developed a unified vision and a strategic plan that will bring forth a permanent campus that can hold our students for years to come and a capital campaign that will help us raise the funds we need to make our vision a reality. We’ll continue to keep you informed in the months ahead as we continue our efforts to build our dream school together.
CAMPUS UPDATE | PAST – PRESENT – FUTURE
The Site Planning & Development Committee (SPDC) has been working hard and moving fast to explore many different options and possibilities to meet the needs of our growing community, current facility challenges, and interim facility solutions for fall 2020 while keeping our sights on building our permanent campus.
PAST | The campaign to purchase land on Wilbur May Parkway for our permanent campus began in December 2018. After the 90-day due diligence period, in May 2019, we were unable to secure the funding to purchase this land from Washoe County School District so we declined the option to buy this property. During this process, a conceptual architect search was performed to support the vision of building a new campus by Fall 2020. The SPDC and the Board of Trustees hired Oldrich Hozman, Anthroposophical Architect from Prague, Czech Republic, to work with our school community to design our permanent campus. The conceptual design was completed in August 2019.
PRESENT | The good news is that our school is at its highest enrollment in history and with positive growth comes some challenges. Our facility cannot support our programming needs for the upcoming fall term. We are exploring creative solutions to provide the necessary space for our current early childhood classrooms, grades 1-8 classrooms, faculty lounge/meeting spaces and administration office space.
FUTURE | Our school community will work together to find land and funding solutions to build a permanent campus.
FACILITY UPDATE | CURRENT CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
The current facility challenge we are facing now is the lack of programmable space for the upcoming fall 2020 school year. We need at least 2-3 new classrooms to support our programming needs next school year. After exploring many ideas and options available to us, we are considering an interim plan by moving a couple of classrooms off campus. The following resources are being explored to move classrooms into or possibly land to put portable classrooms on:
- United Methodist Church in Sparks – two classrooms are available.
- Mackenzie Properties – lease small parcel of a land for a couple portable classrooms on or a small building for classrooms.
- Temporary lease site to place portables
- Possible remodels/additions to current site to accommodate all students on this campus
- Land Purchase Options: Pembroke property (5 acres)
Financing & fundraising UPDATE | CONCEPTS FOR INTERIM CAMPUS AND LAND PURCHASE
- Finance options that are currently being explored:
- Bank financing
- Hard money lending
- Parents invest to purchase land and lease back to school
- Previous interested donor(s) – also a lending possibility
- Other possible donor sources
- Capital Campaign – to make up difference after financing, parent investment, and donor funding
COMMUNITY SUPPORT | join us in building OUR DREAM school together
- Do you know a good place where we could temporarily move a couple of classes?
- Do you have contacts with potential donors or lenders?
- Do you want to help with fundraising?
- Do you want to help with finding/identifying new property for our permanent campus?
- Do you want to join the Site Planning & Development Committee?
WE’VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, HELP US DO IT!
CONTACT IAN ANDERSON, SPDC CHAIR, TO OFFER YOUR SUPPORT!
Consensus Design Timeline | May – August 2019
The timeline below lists the different phases of the Consensus Design process with Oldrich Hozman, an Anthroposophical Architect from the Czech Republic from most recent of events. Nevada Sage Waldorf school hired Oldrich and his team of architects to design our new school campus – in collaboration with the vision and values from our faculty, admin, board and parent body.
May 28 – June 20 : Consensus Design Workshop & Programming Design During this phase Oldrich and his architecture team guided members of our faculty, board, administrators and parent body in the creative process of designing our new school campus; classrooms, buildings and play yards.
June 20 : Presentation of the Conceptual Design of Campus Layout Oldrich presented a conceptual design of the campus layout to the faculty, board, admin and the site committee members.
July 15 – 19 : Review & Finalize Programming Design A review of the campus conceptual design resulted in the need to reduce the square footage significantly. The goal was to reduce and consolidate classrooms without compromising the programming needs.
July 22 : Updated Conceptual Design Sketches Oldrich prepared updated conceptual design sketches with accomodations to the revised classroom modifications. Followed by a daily review with school members.
July 25 : Final Review of Conceptual Design
July 29 – August 5 : Collective work on Architectonic Model Modeling and shaping the campus layout & garden spaces to bring forth organic shapes and soft forms of the buildings and garden spaces.
August 8 @ 5 -6 pm : Presentation of the Architectonic Model Oldrich Hozman will present the Architectonic Model of the campus design to our NSWS community; families, faculty, admin and board of trustees.