Conners Emerson will host a second community forum
BAR HARBOR – On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Conners Emerson School will host the second in a series of in-person community forums designed to guide the construction of a new school.
From 6 to 8 p.m., community members can meet in the school cafeteria to participate in an interactive workshop that will help “develop a design statement.” This statement will capture what a new school building should look like and inform draft plans.
“We cannot design a successful community school without community input,” said Lisa Sawin, lead architect for the project. “We want to hear from as many stakeholders and constituents as possible so that we can come up with a design that addresses as many community ideas and strengths as possible.”
Sawin said the forum will begin with an overview of the project, where the current stages of the process are, and then dive into an educational session on best practices for 21st century school design. Participants will work in small groups to facilitate ideas and develop a vision for a new school.
According to Sawin, the most common ideas and themes among the focus groups will be incorporated into his architectural plans. She said community members will be able to see their vision come to life in these designs.
The school at 11 Eagle Lake Road was in desperate need of refurbishment, with school staff and community members citing cramped quarters, nonsensical floor plans and facilities and infrastructure that are ‘collapsing literally,” Bar Harbor School Board President Lilea Simis said.
A first community forum was held on September 29 to inform residents of the history of the project and why the construction is necessary. This project preview was the first step in generating feedback and building community consensus around architectural designs that could come as soon as next June.
A third community forum will be held this winter to let stakeholders know where Harriman, an architectural engineering firm responsible for the project, is at with the design plans.
For more information on the upcoming forum and future events, visit www.connersemersonbuildingforourfuture.com.