rendering of new Millard North entrance

An artist’s rendering of the new front entrance to be built at Millard North High School.

Architectural drawings released by the Millard Public Schools depict plans for a stately new front entrance to Millard North High School.

The entryway will be a source of pride for students and unmistakable to visitors, which will enhance security, an architect said Monday. The school currently has two front entrances, neither of which stands out to visitors.

“This will help create an identity for Millard North,” Kevin Schluckebier, an architect with BCDM Architects, told school board members.

The board approved the preliminary drawings, which also reveal the configuration of a new upstairs corridor to relieve crowding, and a 212-seat lecture hall.

The cost is estimated at $8.8 million. The project was a part of the $79.9 million bond issue that voters approved a year ago.

Construction is a long way off, however, and students, staff members

and parents must endure some inconvenience during construction.

Bids for the project will be taken next February, Schluckebier said. Construction will start that spring and take two years, he said.

During construction, the plaza by the school entrance and part of the road used to drop off students will be closed. The entrance will be shifted temporarily to the south end of the school, he said.

The payoff will be better security and relief from overcrowded hallways, officials say.

Visitors who approach the entrance doors during the school day or after hours will have to buzz in. Once inside the vestibule, security personnel there will have to buzz visitors into the school building, Schluckebier said.

The new corridor should ease the pedestrian traffic jam that occurs downstairs when kids walk between classrooms, officials say.

The first-floor corridor suffers from gridlock when 2,400 students surge into the hallways. Exacerbating the problem is that second-floor students are coming downstairs, because no main corridor connects the wings on the second floor.

Rather than fight through the crowd, many students leave through the front doors, walk about 100 feet across the courtyard and duck back into the building at another set of outer doors.

Ranging between 16 feet and 22 feet wide, the new upstairs corridor will let students walk between the south and east campus wings without ever having to walk downstairs.

The new lecture hall will allow teachers to administer tests for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate on campus rather than rent space off campus. The hall can be split into three smaller halls with electrically operated folding partitions.

The project also will renovate administrative space.

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