By Victoria Walker
Ed Champagne of Architects West (AW), the primary architectural firm responsible for its design, presented proposed views of Prosser's new High School (PHS). AW had considered three initial building locations placements for comment and questions from the public. Champagne's team, taking the shape, elevations and existing facilities of the site into consideration, identified the three site options as Hillside, Central and Hilltop in their preliminary drawings, each of which further considered public usability, parking, cost and efficiency among other important use concepts. Champagne explained that the site analysis also considered flexibility, accessibility, efficiencies and visual elements for each of the three building placement considerations. Each design has its pluses and minuses, according to Champagne, as building foundations, excavating and existing facilities cost factors are taken into account. Future expansions of the school's facilities were also considered. Ground breaking for the new high school starts in early 2019 and be completed in 2020. The public meeting was well attended by interested citizens and many questions addressed by Champagne. The next construction and design meeting will be held February 16, 2018 in the PHS library at 6:30am.