High school renovation/construction project to get under way

Excavation is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 29 on a key component of the renovation and reconstruction of Penn Manor High School.

Workers will begin erecting a temporary structure behind the current math/science wing to provide space for classrooms while the existing high school is under construction.

The temporary building initially will house agricultural education classrooms, which will be relocated next year. In the future, the structure will house an auxiliary gym.

Construction on the temporary building will be confined to the area outside the East Gym and the parking lots behind the high school. Bus and car traffic will be rerouted around the area.

Please watch for signs directing motorists to follow new traffic patterns.

The temporary classroom building should be ready for occupancy in the spring.

This is the first leg of the renovation/construction project, which is expected to cost about $87 million and take three years for completion. The full project goes out to bid next month.

Work will include upgrades to the school’s HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, technology and security systems, along with replacement of major sections of the school.

Proposed new classroom spaces include an art suite, a three-story humanities classroom section, a two-story science, technology, engineering and math wing, and new agricultural classrooms, labs and a greenhouse. A new athletic wing also is planned, along with a 900-seat auditorium and band, chorus, orchestra and ensemble rooms.

The project is projected to cost $87 million, with the option of an alternate proposal that adds district offices. With that option included, along with construction management fees, the total project cost is estimated at $91 million.

Work is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2022.

We appreciate the cooperation of the Penn Manor community as we undertake this exciting and ambitious project!