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May 05. 2014 8:56PM

Pelham High School expansion slated to start up this summer

The $18.8 million Pelham High School expansion is expected to get underway in early summer. Later this month, the school board’s design team will begin getting subcontractors and vendors in place, with an informational presentation for potential bidders at the high school at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

In addition to hearing more about the project, potential bidders can learn about the qualification process from Bonnet, Page, and Stone, the project’s construction management firm.

The project includes a two-story addition and would increase the total square-footage from 88,000 square feet to 130,000 square feet.

About $17 million of the $18.8 million in costs will go out to subcontractors and vendors, said Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz.

The targeted completion date is summer 2016, with students continuing to attend the school while the work is being done.

School Board Chairman Brian Carton said he’s excited the project is becoming a reality.

“We’ll begin site work this summer, and construction will begin in the late summer or early fall,” Carton said. “We haven’t yet picked a ground-breaking date, but expect it to be late August or early fall.”

The addition is scheduled to be built during the 2014-15 school year, and the renovations to the existing building are planned for summer 2015 and the 2015-16 school year.

Carton said the school board will continue to play a role in the renovations as the work is ongoing.

“The board has formed a building committee, which will work in an advisory role with the construction project management team,” he said.

Two board members will sit on the committee, which will be chaired by Pelham High School Principal Dorothy Mohr. The committee will also include community members and high school faculty and staff.

The project includes a new two-story addition and would increase the total square-footage of the high school by nearly 50 percent, from 88,000 square feet to 130,000 square feet.

The project looks to eliminate much of the traffic congestion at the school by creating more parking to the right of the building and changing the location of the bus loop.

Outside, several playing fields will be moved, including the softball field and tennis courts, to make way for the addition, which will be visible from the main road.

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