This is a new high school for 1,500 students and will be a 320,000-sq-ft, 2-story structure made of wood, masonry, concrete and steel.
Located in a 1920s oil field in El Dorado, Ark., the project includes a 2,000 seat arena/gymnasium, 450-seat fine arts auditorium and seven classroom zones on a site totaling 62 acres.
Murphy Oil’s $50 million gift to education in El Dorado set the wheels in motion for the new school.
The new EHS will also include more than 100 classrooms and instructional spaces, six dedicated computer labs, media center, theater with sloped and tiered lecture seating, a basketball arena, 75-seat “black box” theatre, 13 science labs, “Main Street” circulation corridors and central octunda, and an 8,000-sq-ft student dining/commons with serving area.
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new school, a hard hat and shovel were displayed in memory and honor of the late Jimmy Reed, who served on the El Dorado School Board for 32 years.
Start/Completion: March 2009/June 2011
Owner: El Dorado Public School District #15, El Dorado, Ark.
General Contractor: Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., Little Rock, Ark.
Architect: CADM Architecture Inc., El Dorado, Ark.
Civil Engineer: Hunt Guillot Associates LLC, Ruston, La.
Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants Inc., Little Rock, Ark.
MEP Engineer: TME Inc. Little Rock, Ark.