School assemblies and swim meets at one local high school could look all together different, thanks to new proposal. This week, school administrators will meet with an architect to discuss the design for a new pool and auditorium at Davenport Central High School.
Greg Larrison, architect and CEO of Larrison & Associates, has done work on the school for about thirty years. He designed a new gym 12 years ago. Replacing the 4-lane pool, which was built in the late 1920s, is the next critical project, he says.
"It takes forever to run a meet because you can only do four at a time and location is really bad and you can't dive in the facility. Ventilation is inadequate. There's just many things that don't work well for a high school today."
The proposed pool is 25 yards long, with eight lanes. Larrison also has designed a 900-seat auditorium for plays, meetings, and other activities. The project has an $18 million price tag, which Larrison says could change.
"We have a construction manager and then we have a theater consultant and an artistical consultant that are all world class and know the costs very well, and we'll be refining that and report back to the school board in about six weeks or so."
If the plan is approved by the school board, the project at Davenport Central High School could be completed by July 2016.