Architectural firm could be selected for new Thomas Jefferson High School
Residents of the West Jefferson Hills School District will have the opportunity to participate in a school board discussion about the architectural firms that presented ideas for the new Thomas Jefferson High School.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the high school. The board is expected to award a contract for the estimated $70 million project to one of the firms that night.
Out of a field of 14, five firms earned the building committee's recommendation and the school board's approval to interview for the job. The architects were asked to bring printed versions of their presentations and sealed bids.
Each presentation was based on information supplied by the district: geotechnical and environmental reports on the site and the facilities master plan completed in early 2013.
The board, committee members and Ryan Snodgrass, the district's new facility director, were eager to learn how the firms would keep residents informed about the process, who would serve as educational consultant during the project and if the firm would recommend the use of PlanCon, a state reimbursement procedure.
Via PowerPoint sketches, the architects focused on the 21st-century style of learning that would be reflected in the building's design.
Security is important, as are sustainability, high-tech connections and career training. The construction of the 225,000-square-foot school and district administration center will be on property adjacent to the existing administration building on Old Clairton Road.
District officials hope to have the project completed by September 2018.
Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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