The Ray-Nesson Public School District was given a $10MM endowment and wanted to address increasing enrollment and outdated facilities and improve VoAg/CTE spaces that were damaged by a fire. ICON was chosen to lead the design and due to additional project scope, a pre-referendum process as well. The community approved the bond referendum by 92% which allowed the school district to complete the project and have potential access to state funds and low interest loans.

Lack of space on the existing site as well as site grade issues presented unique challenges for ICON’s team as to where a potential addition could be located. In the existing school building, previous additions were not accessible from the existing lower gymnasium level or the new gymnasium mezzanine and weight room areas. To address these issues, a two-story addition was placed at the Northwest portion of the site which allowed for the utilization of the existing exterior mechanical equipment. An elevator was added for access to the existing gym and all levels of the addition. Included in the addition is a large VoAg/CTE space, seven classrooms, and the remaining space was shelled out for the future construction of additional classrooms and supporting spaces including a new science classroom/laboratory, restrooms, and a teachers’ lounge. Also included in the project was a one-story gymnasium storage and entrance addition which provides access to the original gymnasium level. The existing VoAg/CTE space was renovated into an ITV classroom which allowed for expansion of the commons area with that area being able to be closed off as an additional classroom when needed.

• 2,000 s.f. renovation of commons space and VoAg/CTE spaces
• 34,820 s.f. two-story addition
• Completion of the first floor
• 3,500 s.f. CTE Shop
• 7 Classrooms including a new band classroom, teachers’ lounge, principal’s office
• Restrooms
• Second floor containing a mechanical room, storage for the existing weight room
• 1,203 s.f. ADA compliant gymnasium entry and storage addition
• Lighting updates to replace outdated fixtures
• Site updates to address past water drainage issues
• Addition of fire sprinkler system for existing school
• Updates to exterior finishes
• Fenced in grass playground area
• Paved playground area with basketball court
• Also provides 42 parking stalls for after-hours events
• 66 stall paved parking Lot