Deer Creek Public Schools

Master Plan

Due to increasing enrollment at all grade levels, Deer Creek Public Schools was compelled to increase all of their facilities throughout the District, including the facilities on their main campus. The main campus housed their middle school and high school, along with all of their administrative and support facilities.

We provided a master plan for the District’s main campus with all of the desired improvements. The improvements include two additional buildings housing classroom space for the high school; a new media technology center at the high school; resurfacing their competition track and installing a synthetic turf surface at their competition football field; new locker facilities for their teams, with a new larger concessions; expansion of their existing grandstand with additional seating, new two story press box facilities, new weight room, and new restrooms for the competition field and track; a new state-of-the-art performing arts and athletic center; new practice fields for baseball, softball and soccer for both the high school and middle school, expansion of the Administration building, and master planning all of the associated utilities and systems required for all of the new facilities.

Administration Building

Deer Creek’s administration will be expanding in response to the increased growth in enrollment. The existing Administration building will be remodeled and will have 11,000 square feet of new building added The new building will include new multi-use school Board chambers, executive conference facility/training room, reception area, additional offices and a fire-proof storage room. The Board Chambers and executive conference room will be equipped with the latest multi-media technology and designed for maximum flexibility to allow for easy adaptability to the school’s needs.

Spring Creek Elementary

The 2009 Bond Package included the construction of an Elementary School. The school is 70,000 S.F. total, with 35 classrooms of varied size and function. Non classroom spaces Included in the design are gymnasium, media center, computer lab, and full service kitchen with open dining. Dining area shared with gymnasium space will create a performance viewing area and stage space. Larger interior spaces will have clerestory day lighting and are designed for flexibility and openness. This concept applies to the circulation corridor which will have intermittent open spaces intended for student gathering and learning.

Freshman Academy

Students graduating from Deer Creek Middle School and entering the High School will have their own wing once the Freshman Academy building is completed in 2012. The freshmen will occupy classrooms, science labs, administration and a cafeteria in a building built for them. The building will provide nine classrooms, a computer lab, and three science labs with prep and storage rooms for the students. There will be physical connections to the rest of the high school campus yet the students will be able to feel like they are in their own school.

Grove Valley Elementary

From a distance the distinctive blue roof and rotunda draw your attention to this new Elementary School set in the midst of a growing community. This 64,355 SF school with an approximate occupancy of 670 students and staff has many design features that make this an exciting place to teach and to learn. One of the first things that draws your attention as you approach the school is the sweeping entry canopy. In between the classroom wings are playground areas for the students to play. The separation of these playground areas will allow staff and teachers to separate the students into age groups. If a storm should approach, don’t worry the Cafeteria is also a storm shelter. This will allow ample room for staff and students to weather the storm. When the school has events the bleachers in this Gymnasium can hold the many spectators. The new 6,400 square foot gymnasium server the kindergarten through fifth grade students at Deer Creek’s Grove Valley Elementary. It features a multi-purpose court for basketball, volleyball, and foursquare, a stage and retractable bleachers.

High School Addition 2007

High School Addition 2013

As a response to the district’s significant surge in high school student enrollment, the high school addition allows the district to assign the student population to different instructional buildings. The project includes a main entry marked by a large canopy, administrative offices, twelve classrooms, two science labs and a central cafeteria.

The spacious classrooms provide ample storage and the labs share a dedicated science workroom and storage. The 14,000 square foot cafeteria features a food court floor plan with an innovative layout that provides specialized food stations, high-top tables and counter top seating. In addition to serving the entire student body or smaller groups with multi-lunch periods, the space is utilized to host school events and community gatherings.

Highschool addition Panorama1

High School Athletic Fields

The new high school athletic fields provides both a practice and competition level fast pitch softball fields, baseball fields and two soccer fields, as well as additional parking. The baseball and softball fields have home and visitor dugouts and bleachers. The softball field also has competition level lighting, and a concessions building with men’s and women’s restrooms, coaches office, storage and a scoring area. Areas for shot put and discus were also included in the new athletic fields.

High School Football Stadium Expansion

The existing grandstand at Deer Creek High School was expanded to accommodate the increasing number of fans attending games. As part of a multiphase athletics upgrade, this project expanded stadium capacity by approximately 2,000 seats to provide a total of 3,385 seats. The two story state of the art press box provides rooms for game day officials, home and visitor coaching staff, and radio, video and print media personnel. It includes platforms for home and visiting coaches to video the games as they are played on the updated track and synthetic turf field. Underneath the press box are spacious public restrooms, equipment storage and a large weight room available for daily use by school athletes and students.

Media & Technology Center

The concept and use of a high school media center has evolved since Deer Creek High School’s original media center was built. The advent of technology has created a need for new, technologically advanced yet comfortable spaces within the high school. The new design provides the feeling of coffee-shop comforts with all of the technological advances made to date. The building includes the traditional library of reading stacks along with a computer lab, coffee shop area, stage and comfortable seating to encourage leisurely reading, poetry recitals or performances.

Middle School #2

The new 157,000 square foot Deer Creek Middle School integrates the legacy of the District within a new learning environment. The school houses seventh and eighth grade students in their own separate wings featuring common areas utilized for individual or small group study and instruction. The legacy begins when one enters through the main entrance under the bell tower and continues as it opens into the grand commons area. Stone walls, a fountain, clerestory windows and murals depicting Oklahoma history and countryside highlight the large open Commons. Academia is served by the classroom learning environment, including computer labs, music, drama, and art, and is supported by the media center. A large multipurpose room serves as the student dining room as well as an area for functions during and after school hours. Student safety concerns prompted the District to provide a FEMA rated storm shelter which is housed in the wrestling room area. The athletic area is provided with its own entrance and features two gymnasiums, a weight room, a wrestling room, locker rooms and a concession area. Students exercise on their football and soccer field, track, baseball and softball diamonds and tennis courts, and can pick up a bite to eat at the concessions building during tournaments. The building is designed with energy efficiency in mind with elements such as a geothermal system and LED lighting, and meets many of the LEED requirements for an ecologically friendly building.

Multi-Sport Complex

Deer Creek Schools added a new state of the art multi-sport facility. Athletic teams for football, soccer, track/ cross country, baseball and softball have new locker rooms with showers and equipment storage. New coach offices, a classroom with the ability to review tapes of past games, a training/taping facility with whirlpool/ice tub support the teams during training and games. Game officials have their own rooms separate from the students. Many of the interior spaces are daylight with clerestories and skylights. On game day the public can buy game food at the Concessions. Large public restrooms are included within the building. A special feature was added: an expansive second floor deck was included in the design overlooking the end zone of the football field. The deck can be utilized to host VIPs during games and is a vantage point for coaches to view their teams from above during practice. Food can be brought via dumbwaiter to the second floor deck for VIP functions. Between functions, all tables and chairs can be stored in the exterior storage room. For a lesser construction cost than one would expect, The School District has a near college level facility for their athletic teams.

Operations & Maintenance Building

Performing Arts & Athletic Center

The 2009 Bond Package includes the construction of a state of the art Performing Arts and Athletic Center (PAAC). The PAAC includes a 2,000 seat competition gymnasium and a 1,200 seat auditorium that will enhance the scholastic experience and provide spaces for school and community events. The gymnasium includes a competition size basketball court surrounded by arena style seating. Support facilities for the gymnasium include six locker rooms, a trainer’s room with taping stations and a whirlpool/ice tub, weight room, coach offices and conference rooms. The auditorium is equipped with a stage designed for performances of all types and is supported by an orchestra pit with safety net, changing rooms and makeup rooms, costume storage and stage production. Both facilities share the gracious lobby and its concessions, offices for the athletic and fine arts directors, and the District spirit store. The entire building is designed with energy efficiency in mind, and meets many of the LEED requirements for an ecologically friendly building.

Rose Union Elementary

This Rose is truly a crown jewel for the district of Deer Creek. Designed for 520 students this Elementary School has a Media Center at the center of its design. The Media Center’s high coffered ceilings allow the room to feel open and open the minds of the students that enjoy the experience of being educated here. This cafeteria does not just serve food to the student, but is also serves as a storm shelter for the staff and students. The classrooms have cabinetry that is wonderful storage for teaching supplies. This school was located on the site in such a way to allow for an addition of classrooms if the district has an increase in the Elementary School aged population in the community.