COPPERAS COVE — The Cove school district contracted EVstudio, a local architect firm, to design a $260,000 weight room at S.C. Lee Junior High School.

“I think you have a good common sense plan,” said Athletic Director Jack Welch after listening to EVstudio representatives pitch the initial design at a special board of trustees meeting Tuesday. “You are getting what you want — square footage. And the primary concern is heat in the summer.”

EVstudio’s preliminary designs of the 4,000-square-foot building included providing ample shade to the building by creating a 4-foot overhang for the roof, ridge vents that can be opened and closed to draw outside air into the building and a way for the hot air to escape the top of the building.

“Those are really simple things that wouldn’t cost nearly anything,” said Jonathan Holden, an EVstudio project manager.

Even though the building will be mostly a metal structure, the architecture firm is going to pay close attention to the building’s thermal dynamics since it will not be insulated. It also has plans to incorporate at least two heaters for the building’s use during the winter.

“This is a very simple project, but all the work is in the details,” said Gene Dane, the principal owner of EVstudio.

The proposed building will more than double the weight room space at S.C. Lee, and the district hopes to have it completed by the next school year, said Richard Kirkpatrick, Cove ISD deputy superintendent.

“The weight room we have right now is so undersized,” said Kayleen Love, principal at S.C. Lee. “With this wide open space, everyone will benefit, and it will be safer.”

School Board President Joan Manning questioned if the board would need to budget additional training equipment for next year if the facility opens.

Welch said most of the weightlifting equipment has to be paid for with fundraisers held annually, but athletics would like to also double the amount of workout tools at the facility.

After selecting the architect, the building will be designed, then placed out to bid for a general contractor to handle its construction.

The older space will probably be used as additional sports lockers and storage space, Welch said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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