The Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools awarded the contract for the replacement of Northern High School to J.A. Scheibel, Inc. of Huntingtown, Maryland. J.A. Scheibel has extensive public school construction experience, having built numerous schools in Maryland and Virginia, including in Calvert County.
J.A. Scheibel proposed to build the project at a cost of $69,382,000, inclusive of the base bid and alternates. The offer is within the state and local government project budget.
The phased construction of the 244,090 square foot building will be completed in 2019.
The new school will be built next to the existing building, which will be demolished to make room for a parking area once the new construction is complete. The new building will seat 1,440 students, interconnect the core building with the Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center and have a geothermal heating and cooling system. The project will include stadium upgrades and be certified as a LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) silver building.
The first phase, occurring over the next two years, will include construction of the core building, temporary student parking, geothermal fields and utilities. The second phase of construction will include the demolition of the existing high school, construction of the administrative area of the building, an addition to the Harrison Center and renovation of the instructional areas of the Harrison Center. The final phase will include bus and vehicular parking area improvements and site amenities. The estimated time of construction will occur over a 42-month period.
The groundbreaking will take place on August 11, 2016.