Showell Project Moves Forward

Showell Elementary Replacement School Moves Forward Following BOE Approval
Posted on 08/16/2016

Newark, MD, August 16, 2016– The Worcester County Board of Education has approved the conceptual plan, education specifications and construction cost estimates for the Showell Elementary Replacement School at its meeting today.

With the Board’s approval, the Showell Elementary Replacement School will be included in the school system’s annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The conceptual plans will be presented to the Worcester County Commissioners in November with a request for funding to proceed with full design of the replacement school.

 “One of the major priorities from our school community is the construction of the Showell Elementary Replacement School,” Superintendent Dr. Jerry Wilson said. “The Board’s approval today is the next step in bringing this much needed capital project to life. We look forward to presenting this conceptual design to the County Commissioners.” 

To reach the conceptual design and educational specifications, the Board of Education established two committees - the Conceptual Plans and the Educational Specifications Committees, which were comprised of teachers, parents, school and school system officials and County Commissioners. Today, Vice President of the Becker Morgan Group Brad Hastings presented to the Board a summary of findings and unveiled the conceptual plans for the Showell Replacement School.

The resulting conceptual floor plan calls for a replacement school building of 94,866 sq. ft., which would be constructed on the existing school site beginning in 2019 according to a design and construction timeline shared at the board meeting. A possible expansion of pre-kindergarten classrooms has also been included as an alternative in the design, which could make the building’s total footprint 99,516 sq. ft.

Additionally, the Becker Morgan Group obtained cost estimates from three construction management firms to determine a working design estimate of $35,756,592 for the estimated cost of the building and site only. This estimate will be used by the architect and the Board to proceed with the design, and it will be updated throughout each forthcoming phase of design. Due to concerns expressed about initial cost estimates, the Board has conducted a rigorous analysis outlined by Hastings to reach this reduced cost estimate.

Prior to construction beginning, the capital project will go through a series of design and review phases including schematic design, design development and the creation of construction documents, as well as a bidding and award process for the construction of the replacement school.

The anticipated completion date of the replacement school, according to the design and construction timeline shared, is in the spring of 2021.

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