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School Expansion Project – Work on the New Entry Begins + More Progress Inside!

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Work has begun on Phase 1 of the new Fantastic Drive entrance to the school.  (The new entry plaza will be completed in our next phase of construction with the 3 story renovation.)  In our current phase of renovation, we will see lattice board, a mural and potted plants, all leading to the new front entry of the school  which will be located at the breezeway between the former Boundary Peak classroom and the 3 story building.

A door has been added in the new Sierra Classroom (formerly Boundary Peak) and the classroom now has outdoor access.

Excavation continues in the new outdoor play area (formerly the front of the school).

Ms. Laura’s new window area in the reception area!

A view looking down the hall toward the new multi-purpose area, taken standing by Ms. Laura’s new window (pictured above).

Sneak peek of the new trim color!  This door and windows are in Mr. Eric’s new office.

The new Multi-Purpose space.  The two windows on the left side are located in the new classroom located in the eastern third of the former Crystal Peak classroom.  The doors on the right are in new office spaces.

Another view of the new Multi-Purpose space.  The door and windows in the middle of the photo are in Mr Eric’s new office.

The new classroom located in the eastern third of the former Crystal Peak classroom

The Crystal Peak Classroom with new windows added for natural light.

The new Candelaria classroom (formerly the Star Peak Classroom and Dean’s office).

The new Virginia classroom (formerly Ms. Laura’s reception area and part of Hole in the Mountain).

The new Sierra Classroom (formerly Wheeler Peak & Boundary Peak).

School Expansion Project – Inside Framing Continues

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Progress continues on the remodel of the Silverada Campus.  New walls are being framed in and electrical and plumbing work is being completed.


This photo was taken looking down the hallway that formerly led to the Boundary Peak Classroom.  The windows on the right are in our Principal, Mr. Eric’s new office.

Our Silverada Receptionist Ms. Laura’s new office (formerly part of the Boundary Peak Classroom)

Looking at the new “clinic area” behind Ms. Laura’s new office.  Photo taken standing in the new Sierra Classroom (formerly the Boundary Peak & Wheeler Peak Classrooms).

This photo is looking up the hallway toward where Ms. Laura’s desk used to be.

New Multi Purpose Space, formerly The Hole in the Mountain.

New offices for special services.  Photo taken from the former Star Peak Classroom.

We’re thrilled to watch the progress unfold!

School Expansion Project – Outside Work

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Work continues at the Silverada Campus!  This photo is of the former entrance to the school.  When renovations are complete, this former breezeway will become a storage area and an outside exit to the new playground area.  Did you know the new entrance for both the 1 story Elementary building and the 3 story building (future home of the Adolescent & Primary Programs) will be on the back side of the building near the Silverada Kiss & Drop?

Speaking of changes, we’re thrilled to say that work has begun on the conversion of the front parking lot to a new Elementary Outdoor Space.


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.