Douglas High STEM Building Nearing Completion In Minden

Posted By on May 14, 2015

by Joey Crandall, joey@carsonvalleytimes.com

MINDEN, Nev., May 14, 2015 — It was just under a year ago that the Douglas County School District broke ground on an extensive overhaul of the Douglas High School campus.

Now, the remodel and expansion – which will make room for 400 some-odd ninth-graders coming to campus for next school year – is just a matter of weeks away from completion.

Officials said they are targeting a July completion of the two-story Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics building to allow time for the move into the building.

Last summer, crews quickly turned around a remodel of the school’s gym, commons and 500 building. The school’s kitchen moved into new and expanded facilities over semester break during the winter and the school’s main entryway received an upgrade over Spring Break.

Now, work is going on in various areas of the school, from a new counseling suite (where the kitchen used to be) and nurses office (the old leadership classroom, which had previously been the school’s music room before a 1994 expansion) to a JROTC wing housed in the school’s main building, complete with an air rifle shooting range, classrooms and changing rooms for JROTC cadets. The school’s small gym is also being extended to regulation size in order to host freshman and JV level sports if needed to alleviate the after-school schedule. The school’s dance room is also being given permanent walls, separating it from the small gym and allowing for a corridor through to the gym.

The STEM building will house multiple classrooms, labs and workspaces when complete. Work has also begun on installing a new entry colonnade at what will be the school’s main entrance, bridging the space between the drama room and STEM building.

Scott Neuffer profiled just exactly what the STEM building will entail in a story several months ago, which you can read here.

Photos of the construction progress can be viewed below: