Walter Douglas is Flying to New Spaces!

We LOVE having students and staff be part of the construction process!

On October 14th-16th, Walter Douglas students painted the construction fence panels that hang around the jobsite fence during construction. Each grade painted a fence panel that represents the school’s theme of “Flying to New Spaces,” which has been prevalent throughout the construction of Walter Douglas. Check out some of their artwork below!

Construction at Walter Douglas Elementary is making great progress! Over the summer, CHASSE Building Team renovated the school’s the multipurpose room, which includes the gym, cafeteria and performing arts center, and was complete just in time for the new school year! By using CHASSE’s LEAN construction processes, the current campus renovation and addition is right on schedule!

LEAN is collaboratively pursuing maximum project value while minimizing project waste. Through our CHASSE LEAN methods, all team members collaborate to maximize the value and output of a project while minimizing wasteful aspects such as cost, material, time, and effort. 

Open for more than five decades, the historic Walter Douglas Elementary School is receiving a campus renovation to provide a modern learning facility for its students. Built in 1963, the architecture utilizes thin-shell concrete roofs on the circular classroom pods. The roofs are dramatically fluted (like a clamshell) for structural stability, and for visual effect. Designed by Architect, John A Shaver, who was the driving force for modern architecture in school design, the school is significant because it’s a rare surviving example of thin-shell concrete construction and a unique example of the formal possibilities of this construction type.

The new design is intended to create a school that excites students and potential students, is a source of pride for the neighborhood and community and reinforces Flowing Wells Unified School District‘s flight-based learning vision, all while preserving the school’s historic roots. The new 40,000 SF, two-story classroom building will provide maker spaces, a media center, and a computer lab along with 24 new classrooms. The new school design will support FWUSD’s flight-based curriculum functionally and aesthetically. The new building elements will be reminiscent of aircraft construction by using lighter metal. The school will feature themed pathways like the “Flight of the Bumblebee Trail”, a “launch pad” that will provide a space for outdoor, flight-related experiments and lessons, a flight deck balcony, jet liner windows that can be closed with a hard, sliding shade, and a cock pit alcove that offers amazing views of the Catalina Mountains that gives students an understanding of what’s really like to fly! The renovation also includes renovations to existing classroom pods, traffic improvements, and site upgrades.

Follow along with the progress at Walter Douglas by visiting walterdouglas.chasse.us!