Hamilton-Holmes construction project remains on track

jojacobs@tidewaterreview.com

The $13.2 million Hamilton-Holmes Middle School construction project remains on track to be completed in March 2019.

“We’re very much on schedule,” said Teran Mitchell of Ballou Justice Upton, who updated supervisors on the project Monday.

Ballou Justice Upton is the project’s architectural firm.

King William Public Schools officials look to address student population growth at the county’s middle school with an expansion project, which includes new classrooms and a new, expanded cafeteria. The existing school was built to accommodate 450 students. Once the last nail is hammered into place, the school will have an anticipated capacity of 650 students. About 550 students attended the school in the 2016-17 academic year, King William Superintendent David White said in June.

On Monday, Mitchell said the project approved by supervisors in June remains on budget.

Construction documents have been submitted for the county’s permit review. Project officials have also sent construction plans to reviewing agencies, such as the fire marshal, and await their comments. Officials expect to advertise for bids Sept. 24, Mitchell said.

The project timeline calls for most new construction, such as the cafeteria, to be completed in December. Other renovations are expected to wrap up January 2019, with final project completion to come several months later, Mitchell said.

The project’s expanded cafeteria will permit more students to eat at a time. Currently, students eat lunch in four groups. The size of the new cafeteria will reduce the number of groups to three. The existing cafeteria will be demolished.

Construction will also create new specialized instructional space for science and art, as well as new and expanded sixth-grade classrooms. Seventh and eighth graders will also be sitting in new classrooms thanks to the project, White said.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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