Project 2020

Project 2020 Includes State-of-the-Art Fitness Center, 'Futuristic" Commons
Posted on 07/31/2020
Fitness Center


Architect Matt Mayol has overseen dozens of school improvement projects in his role as president and CEO of Odie McGuire Shook, an Indianapolis-based architectural firm.

Still, he beamed with excitement on this sunny Tuesday morning (July 28) as he stood among Delaware Community Schools administrators and board members at an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Delta High School’s new health and fitness center.

“It’s always exciting as an architect to see the vision of the school community actually start to get built,” Mayol said. “A year from now we should be walking into this new health and fitness center.”

Moving dirt

Project 2020 is under the guidance of OMS and Fishers-based contractor Meyer Najem Construction. The project involves renovation of more than 40,000 square feet, primarily inside Delta High School’s commons area, as well as the addition of more than 37,000 square feet at the new fitness center, which will sit just north of the current auxiliary gym.

Mayol’s company also designed Project 2018, which added the new science rooms and safer front offices to the south portion of the high school as well as other additions including the new Delta Middle School entrance.

School board president Adam Williams, one of four board members attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Project  2020, congratulated Superintendent Reece Mann and other school officials for their vision for this project.

“I want to thank (assistant superintendent) Dr. Gullion for watching our pennies and getting us to the point where we can do something this exciting for our community,” Williams said.

Delta Principal Chris Conley said the new fitness center already is “the envy of other school officials” that he has spoken with in recent days.  He said that multi-purpose classroom space in the new facility could enable Delta to add curriculum in the future, such as the creation of a U.S. Army Junior ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program.

Fitness interior

Mayol, the architect, said the facility will be “the nicest health and fitness center that I’ve seen at the high school level.  The flexibility that you will have on the upper level in the multi-purpose area will be key.”

The fitness center will include two locker rooms, a weights and cardio area, an athletic training room, a wrestling room, a walking track, and multi-purpose physical education and training spaces.  The interior of the building will feel open and bright with natural light coming from a large expanse of glass on the exterior of both levels of the building.

The fitness center accounts for nearly $6 million of Project 2020, which is financed with a $10 million dollar bond issue.

Another huge component of the project will be a major overhaul of the Delta High School commons area.  The renovation has been ongoing for several weeks and is scheduled for completion in December 2020 at the end of the first semester.

Commons renovation

The staircase in the northwest corner of the commons has been removed.  In its place, a new “Learning Stairs” is being built.  In addition to steps that link the lower level to the upper level of the school, the Learning Stairs includes several wide areas where students can sit with friends to work together or socialize.  Outlets will provide easy access to recharging devices.  An entire class easily could be conducted on the Learning Stairs.

The architect said the Learning Stairs will provide a collegiate atmosphere of collaboration to the commons area.

Learning Stairs

“The inspiration comes from the Silicon Valley tech companies such as Apple and Google,” Mayol said. “It is a 21st Century, futuristic feel.  The high school kids will go use these same spaces in the future when they get jobs.”

New student lockers will be shorter (42 inches high) but wider for additional storage.  The shorter height will enable safer supervision throughout the commons with a more open feel and less congestion. Adjacent to the Learning Stairs will be a new food services area with a coffee bistro atmosphere for drinks and snacks before and after school.  The entire commons will have new flooring and a new blue, gold and white paint scheme.
One part of the project will be done by mid-August.  That is the renovation of existing space near the new front offices that will become the new athletic department offices and conference room.

After the completion of the fitness center in late May 2021, the final part of the project will be the renovation of the current weight room in the main gym.  This will become a new girls’ varsity locker room.  Completion is targeted for the end of July 2021.

Additional components of Project 2020 include updates at Eaton Elementary School to the roof and to the front-office entrance to make it more secure. Lights are being added to the soccer field and to the high school parking lot.