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School Expansion Project – Framing & Trenching

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Progress at the Silverada building is happening at break neck speed!  Check out these photos of new walls being framed in and trenches for plumbing being dug out.

For a reference point, the mural in this photo used to be just to the right of where Ms. Laura’s desk sat.  It’s now inside the new Virginia Classroom!

This photo was taken standing in the new Virginia Classroom, near where the old front doors to the Silverada building were.  Right now, you can see beyond into the new multi-purpose space.

The kidney shaped half wall in the multi-purpose space is GONE!  This photo was taken standing by the water fountains and looking into the former Hole in the Mountain space.

This photo was taken from the former Hole in the Mountain area, looking toward the new Virginia Classroom (formerly Ms. Laura’s Desk and the red couch area).

The unification of all Elementary classrooms in one building has long been a dream for our school and we could not be more excited to see this dream becoming a reality!

School Expansion Project – Demolition of the Silverada Building is Underway!

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It’s the first official day of summer break and demolition is already under way in the Silverada building! Check out this series of photos of the INCREDIBLE progress so far!

This first photo was taken standing near where Ms. Laura’s desk was- looking toward where Ms. Tammie’s office was and beyond!
The next photo was taken looking toward the former Star Peak Classroom… the drinking fountains are the only thing recognizable!
This photo was taken from the former Wheeler Peak Classroom door. You can see all the way into the former Boundary Peak Classroom!
This photo shows the entrance to the former Crystal Peak Classroom.
Demolition happening in the former Crystal Peak Classroom.

School Expansion Project – Plans Revealed for Elementary to Move to a Unified Silverada Campus

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2020 is the year in which HDMS will finally see our dream of having a unified campus begin. We are officially in escrow with the Orovada building and have accepted an offer on the empty lot which was approved by the HDMS Board on December 9th. Our team continues to meet with architects, engineers, Redhook (Project Manager), and Reno City Planners. We also have the preliminary concept drawings of the Silverada outdoor plan. We are on track with our plan for summer 2020 renovation of the 1 story Silverada building which will house all of the elementary classrooms next school year.

This is the current layout of the 1 story Silverada building:

And this is the preliminary floor plan for the changes taking place this summer.

This summer’s remodel will allow for a unified campus for all of our current elementary classrooms as well as providing space for growth. During the renovation process on the 3 story building, which will take approximately 18-24 months, our Primary and Adolescent programs will be located at the Orovada building. After that renovation process is complete, we will finally realize our dream of the entire school being located at the same campus!

School Expansion Project – Board Votes to Sell Orovada Building & Empty Lot

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High Desert Montessori School completed a monumental step towards expanding our school facilities in the last week!

High Desert Montessori is selling the Orovada building and adjacent empty lot.  We will be moving the entire school to the Silverada side of the street which includes the current 1 story building and a complete renovation of the 3 story building which will give us 53,000 square feet of indoor space. We plan to lease the Orovada building until we receive our Certificate of Occupancy for the 3 story building. Our timeline for completion of this project is about 2 years out. In addition, we will be renovating our outdoor spaces to include 63,000 square feet of gardens, playgrounds and open spaces for our students to enjoy. The school is working with JK Architecture and they will be presenting our final concept renderings soon. If you are interested in attending, facilities expansion is discussed monthly at the PTO and HDMS Board meetings. We thank the HDMS Board of Directors for their vision and support of this important project which will take HDMS into a new and exciting phase as a school.