School board experiences new Collierville High with virtual reality

Updated: Feb. 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM CST
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COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - Virtual reality has provided the very first look at the all-new Collierville High School.

The multi-million dollar project will bring the school near the intersection of Sycamore Road and East Shelby Drive.

"For us, it was the best way to illustrate how we could actually get a client to feel like they're actually a part of the space," Sal Feraci said.

Feraci is part of the Renaissance group that created the tour. He said there is no better way to show off the 440,000 square foot facility.

"We're so use to looking at things in a two dimensional world," Feraci said. "Now, we can really make the world come alive."

This world includes several spaced in the new high school, including the cafeteria and gym, where 3,000 students are expected to go to school.

School board members were given VR headsets to experience a 360 view of each space.

"We were able to let each one of the board members put the WR headset on and actually put them inside key spaces within the facility," Feraci said.

Chief of Operations Mike Simpson said the experience is like giving the school a test drive.

"Reflect on the things that we saw that we liked and the things that we saw we might like changed," Simpson said. "And take a look at what the finished project could be before you get through your final planning."

Construction of the new school has already started. The school is expected to be finished in May 2018.

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