History of Facility Development
PHASE III (1997-1999)
The Nishimachi Internationalist Issue Twenty-Two, 1997
Nishimachi Phase III New Building Project Status Report
by John Wilson, Principal, 1992-1998
November 4, 1997 will be an important and exciting day at Nishimachi. On that day Nishimachi students and their teachers from grades three through nine will begin classes in a brand-new school building. Designed by Phase I and II architect Edward Suzuki, the new building has been conceived and planned collaboratively by Nishimachi teachers and administrators to provide an outstanding physical environment of learning.
The Nishimachi Board of Directors and administration have for several years been discussing plans to replace the older buildings on the school campus with more modern, up-to-date facilities. Originally, 1999, the school’s 50th birthday, was proposed as a target for completion. Following the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995, the school commissioned an earthquake safety study of the school buildings. The results of that study indicated Building “A” and Building “D” did not meet current earthquake standards. The Board of Directors, therefore, decided to replace the three older buildings on campus as quickly as reasonably possible to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. While Building “E” was not considered to be an earthquake hazard, it was included in the plans for replacement because of age and space limitations.
The new building will accommodate approximately 250 students from grade 3-9. An elevator will provide access for the physically handicapped. Junior high classrooms will be larger than those cozy, little rooms in the Matsukata House.