Overcoming Stormwater, Access, & Space Challenges
Expansion and improvements to McFarland Schools are part of a $65.1 million school referendum approved by voters in fall 2016. All projects are designed to accommodate ongoing community growth and match the district’s high-quality educational and community-based programming needs.
Project challenges included stormwater management requirements and existing undersized storm sewer systems within public right-of-ways. As a result, seven basins will address the requirements for rate control, water quality, and infiltration. Stormwater, site access, and space challenges at the site of the middle and high school are addressed using steep slopes and retaining walls, in addition to relocating the baseball and practice fields. Coordinating the completion of building additions without disruptions to school schedules with everyday pedestrian and vehicle traffic is also a challenge requiring careful planning and foresight.
Additional services provided by the Snyder & Associates’ Madison team include land survey, sports field design, construction administration, observation, and staking, along with water quality and hydrologic modeling.
A summary of improvements to each facility is as follows:
McFarland High School – The swimming pool and auditorium, both constructed in 1978, will be replaced and reopen in time for the 2020-21 school year. The new pool will allow for eight lanes running north to south and ten lanes east to west with balcony seating for events. The new 850-seat auditorium will have fly space, backstage workspace, dressing and green rooms. A second story is being added above the existing district office, and the technology education area will be renovated to better suit department needs. The addition of an 81-stall parking lot for staff and building guests will also occur.
High School Stadium – McFarland High School’s natural turf football field was replaced with a synthetic turf field, and the running track was reconstructed and shifted slightly to allow space for the school building expansion. Synthetic turf withstands frequent use better than a natural grass, which will be important as the football field use continues to increase for athletic school functions. A key component of the athletic field design is a rock and draintile subbase to promote drainage during rain events.
New Baseball Field Complex – To make room for the high school expansion, the existing baseball field and outfield practice area, which were used for physical education classes, band, football, and soccer practice, were relocated. Grading began in November 2017 and is now complete. To accommodate the anticipated level of play and amount of use, the varsity field has a synthetic turf infield and natural turf outfield with a rock and draintile subbase. The junior varsity diamond features a dirt infield with a natural turf outfield.
Remaining items for both fields include fences, foul ball poles, dugouts, and scoreboards.
Indian Mound Middle School – New two-story classroom addition, renovated classrooms, and gym expansion for the middle school, which is located adjacent to the high school.
Conrad Elvehjem Early Learning Center/McFarland Primary School – Demolition of McFarland Primary School. Additions and renovations to bring K-2 students and staff together in one building with improved learning spaces.
Waubesa Intermediate School – New classrooms, cafeteria, and a larger library. Special service space for occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Maintenance work for plumbing, heating and cooling systems, technology wiring, roofs, windows, and doors.