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 with a core capacity of 780 students, and will serve early childhood through the third 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, WiFi and digital security and communications. In addition to exceptional spatial planning and interior design, the firm also assisted in providing FF&E throughout the facility resulting in 15% savings for the District.