High school ready to move forward with renovations

Staff Report

May 14, 2014

GREENVILLE - Greenville City Schools has awarded the high school renovation project contract to Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. with a base bid of $8,625,000 and a total bid of $8, 937,000. This renovation is meant to bring the high school up to 21st century standards, and breathe new life into the building, Doug Fries, superintendent, noted.

“The 21st century is about collaboration and being project-oriented,” he said in an earlier conversation with The Daily Advocate. “You’ve got to have a space where you can put the group work together.”

The majority of the project will include a new roof for the high school building, a section of which is paid for through insurance funds due to damage from high winds, Doug Fries, superintendent, noted. The high school will also receive a new HVAC system, with updated heating and air conditioning throughout the building, he said. The water piping system will be replaced, Fries noted, as well as plumbing fixtures.

There will be upgrades electrical services, as well as lighting and technology updates, adding wireless access points around the high school, Fries commented. There will be interior updates, such as painting, door replacements, flooring, and miscellaneous cabinetry added to some of the classrooms, Fries added.

The exterior windows will all be replaced, and a portion of the renovation includes the expansion of the cafeteria. The cafeteria expansion won’t just add space, Fries noted, it will provide a space for students, teachers and the community to meet and utilize the space.

The main office area will receive an upgrade, as well, to bolster student safety, providing a more secure entrance into the main office area, Fries said.

A groundbreaking should be announced soon for the high school renovation project.