CHS Expansion Project
The District has an on-going goal of ensuring that District facilities are adequate to deliver both current programs and forecasted new programs for District students. As a result of increasing student enrollment, the District is conducting a study to determine the degree to which the current Conestoga High school facility will continue to be sufficient for the needs of the educational program now and in the future. One of the District goals for the 2018-2019 school year is to determine feasibility for the expansion of Conestoga High School.
The Conestoga High School facility study will examine the District's instructional needs, space utilization and possible options for expansion of the current building. The expansion project will be discussed at School Board Education, Facilities and Finance Committee meetings, as well as by the full Board at regular meetings throughout the school year. There will be multiple opportunities for public input on the project at these public meetings.
This web page will include updates on the Conestoga High School Expansion Project as well as presentation materials and resources. On the left side of the page are links to presentation materials from public meetings and resources such as demographic reports and enrollment projections. Please check back often as the page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Conestoga High School Expansion and Renovation Plan Update - December 18, 2019
An update on the expansion and renovation project was presented at the December 10, 2019 Facilities committee meeting that included a discussion of the recent Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission approvals, impact on the project timeline, projected budget and square footage analysis.
Due to the amount of time required to move the project through the Township approval process, the entire timeline for the project has been impacted. The construction phase of the project was originally scheduled to begin in January 2020. The new anticipated start is March 2020. The ability of the school to occupy all renovated and addition spaces before 2022 will require both prompt permit issuance by other regulatory agencies as well as successful partnership with all prime contractors.
PROJECTED BUDGET INFORMATION
Apart from additional sitework required by the township approval process, the projected construction budget for the project is still at the previous estimate of $30.9 million with the entire all-in projected budget at $39.6 million. The expansion and renovation will include 11 additional regular classrooms, 3 additional special education classrooms, 4 additional science labs, 1 additional art room, a fabrication lab, a large flexible learning space (atrium area), and additional smaller spaces for meetings, offices, and small group instruction. There will be internal renovations to expand the library, the nurse suite, student services suite, and the cafeteria to better accommodate the increasing enrollment. Additionally, outside infrastructure improvements, 94 additional parking spaces, and a sports bus queue in front of the gyms will be built. The all-in budget includes: professional consulting services, furniture, fixtures and equipment, permits, fees and testing, and a project contingency.
The square footage cost of the new addition and renovated spaces in the existing building are $281 per square foot (excluding sitework and including components of furniture, fixtures and equipment). The square footage cost of the total work area of the project including the infrastructure-related spaces is $112 per square foot.
SQUARE FOOTAGE ANALYSIS
During the Summer of 2018, as part of the early due diligence, the project was reviewed specifically to determine if it would be subject to the requirements in PA School Code 701.1 and Act 34 of 1973. Since the project scope continued to change over the next six months, the final determination on the size of the expansion design was finalized following the School Board's January 28, 2019 decision to proceed with the Atrium conceptual design. Engineering design plans were provided in March 2019 for a courtesy review with the State architect at PA Department of Education. Because Plancon funding is not available and the project is less than 20% in additional square footage, there is not a formal review process or letter. District architects confirmed with PDE that the expansion was less than 20%. The final design is 19.75%, of new architectural area and therefore, not subject to section 701.1 of the PA School Code and Act 34 of 1973 requirements. The new addition is 65,008 square feet. and the existing building is 329,137 square feet thus 19.75%. These types of specific calculations adhere to specific requirements. It should be noted that all square footages reviewed prior to April 2019 were based on conceptual designs and were preliminary in nature.
Conestoga High School Expansion and Renovation Project Plans Approved by Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission
At its November 21, 2019 meeting, the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission voted in favor of the Conestoga High School Expansion and Renovation Project plans. The District is proceeding with its plans to bid the project in December with the construction phase starting in the Spring of 2020.
School Board Approves Design Plan for Conestoga High School Expansion Project at January 28, 2019 Meeting
At its meeting on January 28, 2019, the Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors approved the design plan for the Conestoga High School Expansion Project and the fee proposal from the project architects. The preliminary cost estimate for the expansion project is in the range of $33-$39 million. Five design concepts were contemplated by the Board. The plans were eventually narrowed down to two options: one that involved a courtyard and one that included an atrium. The Board approved the design plan that includes an atrium. The District has an on-going goal of ensuring that District facilities are adequate to deliver both current programs and forecasted new programs for District students. As a result of increasing student enrollment, the District determined there is a need to expand Conestoga High School and add additional space to include 8 additional regular classrooms, 2 additional special education classrooms, 4 additional science labs, 1 additional art room, 1 additional kitchen, a fabrication lab, a large flexible learning space, and additional smaller spaces for meetings, offices and small group instruction. The school is also in need of expanded spaces in the nurse suite, library, cafeteria, student services suite, and health and fitness room. The construction phase of the expansion project is projected to begin in January 2020 and with anticipated completion in 2022.
Over the course of the last year, the District has conducted a Conestoga High School facility study to examine the District's instructional needs, space utilization and possible options for expansion of the current building. The expansion project has been discussed at School Board Education, Facilities and Finance Committee meetings and at regular Board meetings. On January 24, the public was invited to meet with School Board members, the TESD administration and project architects for coffee and conversation about the design plans for the Conestoga High School Expansion Project. Community members asked questions and shared ideas. At its January 28 meeting, the Board authorized the project architects to create detailed design schematics for the expansion project plan.
School Board Hosts Open House on January 24
On January 24, the public was invited to meet with School Board members, the TESD administration and project architects for coffee and conversation about the possible design plan options for the Conestoga High School Expansion Project. Community members asked questions and shared ideas.