The Ray-Nesson Public School District was granted a $10 Million endowment and used these funds to address increasing enrollment and the burden of outdated facilities while improving VoAg/CTE spaces that were damaged after a fire. ICON was selected to lead the design and pre-referendum process. The community approved the bond referendum by 92% which allowed the school district to move forward with the project with the potential access to state funds and low interest loans.
Due to the lack of space on the existing site and site grade issues, finding a location for a potential addition was a challenge. In the current school building, previous additions were not accessible from the existing lower gymnasium level or the mezzanine and weight room areas. To address this issue, a 34, 820 s.f. two-story addition was placed in an area northwest of the project site to allow for proper utilization of the exterior mechanical equipment. A 2,000 s.f. renovation was also included to expand the commons area with the space to provide future classroom space when needed.