FACILITY UPGRADE: A rendering of the exterior of the Jenks High School Central Campus Dining Hall, scheduled for completion in summer 2017. The 35,000-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and appliances and an open floor plan, while incorporating natural light, various seating options and a cantilever entrance.
Courtesy Jenks Public Schools
In July, Jenks Public Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Jenks High School Central Campus Dining Hall.
Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017, the 35,000-square-foot facility is designed to accommodate up to 1,300 students as well as feature state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and appliances. The building will feature an open floor plan while incorporating natural light, various seating options and a cantilever entrance.
“A new dining hall on our central campus is a necessity in order to meet the daily needs of our students and to make sure our facilities continue to keep up with our growing enrollment,” says Jeff Beyer, Jenks Public Schools executive director of construction and community services.
In addition to creating additional space for students, the Central Campus Dining Hall will be used as a banquet room and gathering space for Jenks High School clubs and activities and for community events.
For the 2016-17 school year, students will dine at the Trojan Activity Center, which was converted into a multi-functional space with an operational kitchen and several serving lines.
KSQ Design is the building’s architect, and LD Kerns Contractors is the construction manager.
“The new Central Campus Dining Hall will provide Jenks with smoother operations, wayfinding, and facility management, while also providing ample space and cost-saving features such as LED lighting,” says KSQ Design Managing Principal David Short.
KSQ Design has previously worked for the district, including designing the AIA award-winning Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center.
LD Kerns Contractors, a construction management and general contracting firm located in Jenks, has partnered with Jenks Public Schools on a variety of projects including the Early Childhood Center, the preservation of Jenks’ historic Rock Gym and the expansion of the East Elementary parking lot.