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  • Project updates: June 22, 2015 Board meeting

    • Summer work continues on building a loop access road to the back of the South Building, which will become the main school entrance in the fall. The road also will serve as the primary student pathway to a designated crossing at Westerly Parkway for reaching the North Building. Fencing will shield the entrance road from construction, and a second, smaller fence will define the sidewalk and create a safe corridor for students.

    • Next school year, temporary parking spaces will be built next to Community Field and near the North Building entrance off Logan Avenue. Additional spaces will be available in a new lot constructed at the back of the South Building, though the lot will not be finished next year. All together, the new spaces will replace the ones lost in the fall when the existing South Building main parking lot becomes a construction zone. Faculty and staff likely will use the news spaces while students mainly park in the current North Building lot.

    • The Board received a review of the 90 percent design stage construction phasing plans from this summer to the fall of 2018. Construction during next school year will focus on tearing down the South Building end closest to Welch Community Pool, and building the foundations of the new school’s four classroom towers on the existing South Building parking lot.

    • Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik said that because of state recycling regulations, the demolition operations will be more “kind of peeling the building down as opposed to your old-fashioned wrecking ball slamming in and bricks flying.” Intensive efforts will be made to minimize noise and disruptions to students during demolition. Work also will be coordinated to avoid affecting standardized testing periods.

    • Plans have changed for the anticipated work during the January 2017 to May 2017 phase. Previous plans called for the two classroom towers nearest Welch Pool and part of the building’s core section to be ready for students that January, which would have allowed demolition of the upper part of the South Building. Revised plans show construction continuing in the towers, as well as the old South Building gym being used as a temporary cafeteria during the semester while the new cafeteria is built. Here are overviews of each of the construction phases through the fall of 2018.

    • Blasting will be performed on the South Building site this month and next to loosen bedrock for excavation. Four to six quick, controlled blasts, using protective mats to contain noise, vibrations and debris, will be done over three weeks. The first took place June 25.

    • The State High Project design team anticipates a delay in the project calendar of two to four weeks, due in part to revisions to the performing arts and gym sections during the 60 percent stage. At present, the calendar projects the bid award day for Sept. 16, with construction starting soon afterward. Under a 2-week delay, the new date would be Sept. 28. A 4-week delay would push the date to Oct. 12. The Board will hear an update at the July 13 meeting.
     

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  • Rock Blasting To Occur Through July

    caution sign with exclamation point Contractor RC Bowman this week will begin using subsurface blasting to loosen solid bedrock requiring excavation. Between this week and mid-July, depending on site conditions, five or six detonations will be done on the South Building grounds along the track side. The first took place on Thursday, June 25, at 2:30 p.m. Details: http://goo.gl/pOul8F
     

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  • The State College Area School District's Community Forum for the 90% Design Review of the High School Project is now available to view online at cnet1.org.
     

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  • South main office has been temporarily relocated

    caution sign with exclamation point The State High South main office has been temporarily relocated to the North building main office, until construction of the State High South building main office is completed this summer.
     

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  • caution sign with exclamation point Bike path to State High track

    Please use the bike path near Welch Community Pool to reach the high school track, and refrain from walking through the construction site. The bike path is indicated by red arrows. Thank you for your cooperation.

    aerial view of high school facilities with arrows pointing to bike path


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  • Updated website format highlights key information

    The State High Project website is evolving to better deliver timely information about construction, parking, traffic, project milestones and other news of interest. The familiar District template allows us to better highlight key topics now that the construction phase of the project has begun. If you have feedback about the website, please complete our comment form. Thank you!


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  • Project updates: June 8, 2015 Board Meeting

    • On June 8, State High Project design team members briefed the SCASD Board of Directors about the progress of the 90 percent stage. Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik joined Jeff Straub and Matt Harlow from the Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates architectural firm, and Tim Tones from Massaro Construction Management Services.

    • The North Building’s fundamental design, combining athletic facilities and the Delta Program, has not changed significantly since the 60 percent phase.

    • Most of the South Building floor plans have not changed from the end of the 60 percent phase. The biggest difference lies in the physical education/athletics section. Rendered as a rudimentary concept drawing at the 60 percent phase’s conclusion, it now has been refined into a formal floor plan showing hallways, a common meeting area leading to the auxiliary gym/wrestling room on the second floor, and a third-floor center that overlooks both the auxiliary and main gyms.

    • Since floor plans are fairly set now, the design team has been working on interior and exterior refinements, plumbing and utility systems, and details such as sheltering canopies over entrances. Work also is being done on stormwater retention ponds and landscaping around the South Building.

    • Design team members have met with Centre County Conservation District officials, a necessary step to allow topsoil removal, and with utility company officials about utility coordination during summer site work.

    • Tree clearing began May 22 to start building an access road to the rear of the South Building, which will become the main entrance in the fall while construction takes over the existing front parking lot. Poprik said that while some trees must be cut down, the campus will have a “net gain of trees” when construction is finished.

    • Design team members are continuing land development discussions with State College Borough planners, and hope for final approvals by mid-July.

    • A traffic study for around the State High campus is expected to be finished in the near future. Plans call for a Logan Avenue extension ultimately connecting South Atherton Street to Westerly Parkway at a four-way intersection with a traffic light, but design team members said traffic studies indicate it’s unlikely motorists will use the road heavily because of the difficult left turn onto Atherton.

    • Plans are in place to install flashing warning lights at the pedestrian crosswalks across Westerly to improve safety for students walking between the North and South buildings.

    • Board members said they wanted the design team to make sure exterior entrance signs would be large and high enough for visibility.

    • A State High Project 90 Percent Design Review will be held for the public 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, in the North Building auditorium. Breakout sessions will focus on the educational model and floor plan, the Delta Program, project financing, site plan and construction phasing, and the high school daily bell schedule.

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  • Project updates: May 18, 2015 Board Meeting

    • At its May 18 meeting, the State College Area School District Board of Directors approved giving district administrators the authority to make qualified field changes amounting up to $19,400 during the State High Project construction.

    • Board members approved the receipt of PlanCon Part E, Design Development, and PlanCon Part F, Construction Documents-Phased Bidding. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved both sets of documents.

    • The latest base project cost estimate from Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, shared May 4, is $117,486,591, or 2.16 percent over the $115 million referendum budget. Here is a full breakdown of the estimate, including a list of current bid alternates.

    • The district will hold a State High Project 90 Percent Design Review for the public at 6 p.m. June 16 in the North Building auditorium.
     
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  • Project updates: May 11, 2015 Board Meeting

    • At a special meeting May 11, the State College Area School District Board of Directors voted 8-1 to accept the 60 percent design plans. Board member Laurel Zydney cast the opposing vote.

    • The Board’s approval advances the design process to the 90 percent phase, which is scheduled to end July 13. The project’s bid phase is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 25, with Sept. 16 the expected bid day.

    • The Board also voted unanimously to support redesigns in the performing arts and athletics/physical education areas of the South Building, as well as additions to the auditorium design, including acoustical shells and enhancements to the lighting and stage rigging systems.

    • Another Board approval removed a planned $1.3 million North Building kitchen for the Delta Program and District Food Services from the base bid budget and made it a bid alternate. The vote was 8-1 with Board member Jim Pawelczyk opposing. While the kitchen is seen as necessary, the shift will give the district more flexibility if project bids are unfavorable, allowing for the possibility that it could be constructed through a separate capital campaign.

    • A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 14 on the South Building grounds beside O’Bryan Lane.

    • Here is the latest 60 percent budget estimate.

     
     
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  • Project Partners

    Municipal Advisors: NW Financial Group, LLC

    Construction is underway, and the project is expected to be complete in 2018.

    A construction management team will be on the high school campus for the duration of the project.


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