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Progress Continues on State High Project

by on April 22, 2017 5:00 AM

Nearly two full years into work on the new State College Area High School, construction is progressing on pace and is months away from a major milestone.

In December, crews will have finished the first phase of the project -- four interconnected, three-story "learning pods," on the south campus that will be home to the vast majority of learning and instruction space.

"The project is almost four years long of construction but it’s breaking down into a couple of phases, and it’s done that way because of the occupied nature of the existing buildings," said senior project manager Tim Jones of Massaro Construction Management Services, "In about eight to nine months the four pods will be done and ready to occupy. At that point everyone’s going to move out of the existing buildings into the new space. Then we’ll start demolishing or renovating the other spaces on campus."

When students return from winter break in January 2018, they will be in the new classrooms. A one-story guidance and career-counseling building and another structure for mechanical systems and an auxiliary gym also will be ready to go.

At that time work will begin on the existing south building currently occupied by students, teachers and staff. That phase of work will include gyms, performing arts spaces, offices and a fitness center.

Across the street, part of the north campus will be razed and new space for the Delta Program and the athletic facility will be constructed. That work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Jones said the classroom pods being built now represent about 90 percent of the classroom space that is part of the project, and about 65 to 70 percent of the overall square footage at the south campus. 

Once completed, the south and north campus facilities will be about 700,000 square feet. Jones said an overlay of the plans for the new south buildings show about the same footprint as Beaver Stadium.

On a daily basis between 100 and 150 workers are on site, Jones said.

Jones, along with site manager Keith Smith, assistant physical plant director Jason Little and current assistant principal Chris Weakland (recently named the next district athletic director) gave several media members a behind-the-scenes tour of the construction site on Friday.

Take a look at the photo gallery below for some images of the progress and more information about what's in store at the new high school.

Photo Gallery - State High Project Tour

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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