East Helena students get virtual tour of new high school

Posted at 9:48 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 23:48:48-05

HELENA – The future students of East Helena High School had a unique chance on December 19 to get a look at the new property through virtual reality.

SMA Architects provided VR headset tours at East Valley Middle School for the students.

“It’s a way to build awareness amongst the students of the school and some excitement as well,” said SMA architect Clint Fisher.

The technology allowed the kids to explore a 3D rendering of what the new high school might look like.

Students also had the ability to leave feedback on their new school and tell architects directly what they’d like to see.

Fisher said getting the community involved is one the best parts of the job and he’s excited to offer this fun glimpse.

“It’s the most exciting part of what we do,” said Fisher. “To see that excitement on their face, to see the excitement building in the community for this new high school is really the best part.”

Fisher added that SMA is still in the design process and they are currently working through construction documents for the contractors to use when building.

East Helena Schools Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer said this was an exciting opportunity for the students and the district is looking forward to soon seeing the finalized designs.

Anyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer can see 360-degree panoramas of the proposed school renderings at the East Helena High School’s website.