Nov. 20, 2008
Plans for two remodeled high schools include
By Sarah Horner
Details of the design for the eastern high school
were released Wednesday along with schematic designs for the expansion
of Denfeld High School in West Duluth.
Community meetings will be held to gather input
on the drawings in December. The meeting on Denfeld High School
will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Denfeld Lecture Hall.
Final designs for the two schools are expected
to be approved by the Duluth School Board in early winter. Construction
on both projects is scheduled to start in the summer.
Denfeld High School will be renovated and expanded
to accommodate about 1,400 high school students.
* An addition will be built off the south side
of the existing high school toward Grant Street. Part of the addition
will be three stories, which will house science labs and classrooms.
* The other part of the addition, which is one
story, will be the location of the school’s new commons and
cafeteria area and media center. The addition will be tucked between
the school’s existing auditorium and gymnasium, where a parking
* A new, security-equipped main entrance will
be created for the building off Fourth Street, near the school’s
auditorium. The district plans to vacate Fourth Street between 44th
and 45th avenues. A small addition will be added near the entrance
to house administrative offices.
* The rest of the first floor will hold classrooms,
modernized and expanded to 900 square feet. Current classrooms are
as small as 600 square feet.
* Second and third floors: Science wings and upgraded
* Parking will be expanded from 63 parking spots
to 285 spots. Green space also will be added around the building.
Information provided by DSGW Architects, the
design team for Denfeld High School.