Here is a map of the current South Building entrances. Click the thumbnail to enlarge.
On July 27, the State College Area School District Board of Directors voted to accept the State High Project 90 percent floor plans.
At this stage of the State High Project, accepting the latest 90 percent floor plan documents establishes the final building configuration and allow work on the MEP drawings (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) to be completed.
To view the 90% floor plans, see http://www.scasd.org/statehighfuture/files
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.
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.
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.
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.
via the Centre Daily Times
via the Centre Daily Times