The Apollo High School Phase 3 addition opened to students on Jan. 3 and includes wings dedicated to the Engineering Academy and Ag Academy. Phase 4 renovations are now underway at AHS, while progress also continues on the new Daviess County Middle School, slated to open Fall 2022.
At Apollo, A&K Construction is currently working on the courtyard stage area near the bus loop. Punch list items for Phase 3 are being addressed on evenings and weekends.
Renovations include a new connector from the existing portion of the school to the gym and a connector to the new addition. Each new wing for the Engineering and Ag academies contain three classrooms. The ag wing also has a new horticulture room, ag shop, and an animal science room, while the engineering wing has two engineering rooms and a computer lab.
In Phase 4, another hallway will be added coming into the addition from C pod. Demo work has started in Pod A with the removal of electrical devices, HVAC, and plumbing fixtures and piping. Phase 4 will include new floors, paint, LED lights, and ceilings; facility upgrades such as science rooms being converted into labs; and a general remodel of facilities such as restrooms and offices.
At the site of the new DCMS, the past 30 days have seen continued progress on masonry block wall and light gauge metal truss installation. Window installation is ongoing, along with spray foam insulation on the masonry block walls. MEP rough-in and HVAC installation continues.
The next 30 days will see continued masonry installation and MEP rough-in activities. Structural steel beam and roof truss, and roof decking installation will continue.
One of the biggest features of the new school will be an uncovered 45,750-square-foot courtyard with artificial turf situated in the middle of the campus. The new building design features four corridors that form a square around the courtyard.
The front of the school will face the Fairview Drive extension, which is still under construction.
The gym will be the center of focus along the front of the building. To the right will be the main entrance and front office, along with other staff offices and a 5,308-square-foot media center/library. To the left is a 6,200-square-foot cafeteria along with the kitchen.
The other three corridors share identical layouts, with one each dedicated to 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Each corridor has nine classrooms, two science labs, computer labs, and restrooms.
The building also features an orchestra room in the back right corner, along with an art studio and a digital arts room in the back left corner.