In the early hours of February 2014, the original Hamshire-Fannett community school burned down. The District immediately contacted IBI Group to assist in a roadmap to a replacement facility. After the passage of a bond measure in November 2014, IBI Group teamed with District administrators and community advisors to design a modern facility with exteriors such as ashlar limestone, standing seam metal roofing and heavy timber-framed porches that reflect the local ranching and farming history.
The new facility is a one-story, 90,000 SF building for an optimum 688 students and will serve early childhood through the 3rd grade. The school features a new cafetorium to replace the original auditorium lost in the fire. The academic areas are organized into grade level pods, while each pod is a self-contained community built around an open flex space. The facility has the latest instructional technology such as interactive projectors, Wi-Fi and digital security and communications. In addition to exceptional spatial planning and interior design, the firm also assisted in providing furniture throughout the new facility.