GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Students at Orchard Mesa Middle School are getting settled into school. But, with construction underway, they will be in a new school building after winter break.
Officials say that they designed the new building in a way that would encourage students to learn.
The building has a lot more open space in classrooms as well as more natural lighting.
The old Orchard Mesa school is 60,000 square feet and the new building will be 100,000 square feet.
“Because of how it's designed, it's personalized for that school pride. But, it's also designed so it can be multi-functional, and so we'll be able to think even beyond what we could've thought about in the old building,” says Math Teacher Diana Ocheltree.
Students will have full-access to the new building in January 2020.