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Monday, August 8, 2016

Beulah Middle School: Inside Look at Plans, Designs, and Timelines

Artist rendering of what Beulah Middle School front entrance will look like upon completion


Beulah Middle School is in the planning stages right now as we speak, drawings have been completed, the land was purchased, and soon construction will begin..

Many residents of Beulah have asked me about this school.  Many are wondering what the school will look like, when it will open, and how this school will be designed?  At a workshop not long ago, these topics were discussed and drawings and other data was provided to the board.

BACKGROUND
Original Concept plan, aerial overlay 2-15-2015

Beulah middle school will be built to help accommodate the growth the NW section of Escambia County is currently experiencing.  This facility will help Ransom Middle School, in Cantonment, with their over-capacity issues.  Woodham Middle school will be re-purposed to become the new West Florida High School after the 2017-2018 school year, and Brown Barge Middle School will move to the current WFHS campus in 2018-2019 timeframe.  At that point, in the 2018-2019 school year, the attendance boundaries for all the middle schools in Escambia County will be redrawn,  and over-crowded schools will be alleviated.   Beulah Middle School will come online to accept as many as 1,200 students and will be key to managing our county's growth in the NW Corridor.

ABOUT BEULAH MIDDLE SCHOOL

At just over 100,000 square feet, this middle school will be two-story, and will have all of the amenities a new, state-of-the-art facility should have.  Music room, classrooms, gymnasium, Media Center,  running track, outdoor athletic fields, multi-purpose room (cafetorium) and other amenities will be present on the campus.  The site work on the property (the old coastal airport on 9 Mile Road) will begin this October, with full-scale construction commencing in the first quarter of 2017.

Refined site plan rendering,  from 2016, with building shifted east, track shifted west
It is contemplated that the school will be open for the 2018-2019 school year, and once it is online


 that the other middle schools in the rest of the county will be far less crowded and Beulah Middle will enable this to occur.  It is estimated that the costs for this school will be between $40-44 Million upon completion, and this school is being designed and built utilizing sustainable practices that will allow this facility a Green Globes designation upon completion.  Read more about Green Globes here

Artist Rendering of new Beulah Middle School looking East

Artist Rendering of New Beulah Middle School Media Center

1 comment:

houseofattitude said...

although rezoning and moving kids around (especially ones who have been attending a school and then have to change) is a major pain in the butt, Woodham NEVER should have been a middle school. Any idea of when the new zones will be known? This is a major selling point for many homebuyers.