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Bids for Dover Area High School's new building come in under budget

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Construction on the new high school will begin this summer and is scheduled to be complete for the 2020-2021 school year.
Construction on the new high school will begin this summer and is scheduled to be complete for the 2020-2021 school year. - (Photo / )

Dover Area High School's construction bids for its new building have come in $557,000 under the projected budget.

General construction and electrical for the budgeted $56,4200,000 project was awarded to Lobar, Inc. of Carroll Township, said the project's manager Scott Cousin.

Site construction was awarded to York Excavating Company LLC, HVAC to Matchline Mechanical LLC, plumbing to Myco Mechanical LLC.

The project’s architectural firm Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates said as a result of the low bids, the school district selected some of the alternates that were recommended for the budgeted $56,420,000 project while still remaining under budget.

One of those options includes synthetic turf for a multipurpose field. 

Dover Area High School's new 291,000 square-foot building’s design includes space for 1,400 students, a 1,000-seat auditorium with orchestra pit, 1,500-seat gymnasium with an elevated running track and a six-lane natatorium.
Dover Area High School's new 291,000 square-foot building’s design includes space for 1,400 students, a 1,000-seat auditorium with orchestra pit, 1,500-seat gymnasium with an elevated running track and a six-lane natatorium. - ()

The new 291,000 square-foot building’s design includes space for 1,400 students, a 1,000-seat auditorium with orchestra pit, 1,500-seat gymnasium with an elevated running track and a six-lane natatorium.

Dover Area High School’s new building will be built near the existing intermediate school. Once the new building is constructed, the intermediate school, which was built in 1964 and had some renovations in 1981, will be demolished. 

The current building for the Dover Area High School will be renovated beginning this summer, to serve as the new middle school. The existing high school was built in 1928 and had some renovations or additions in 1959, 1974, 1990, and 2002, said Cousin. 

The renovation project to convert the existing high school into a middle school is still in its early design phases.

Construction on the new high school will begin this summer and is scheduled to be complete for the 2020-2021 school year. 

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JackSmall August 30, 2018 11:38 am

Schools should definitely be improved. I believe that this can be done if each of us will buy a research paper at oceanessay.com and give more money to various school funds, that will definitely help schools to build more facilities.

Ben Dover June 29, 2018 1:43 am

It's good to hear that they're including a natatorium in the new high school to train future college athletes. The existing high school doesn't have a natatorium while the intermediate school does and that's a shame.

I'm also fond of the security measures being integrated with everything going on in the news lately and the several near misses the school has had in the past. Security cameras, metal detectors / bag checks and the ability to lock and unlock the doors from a central location would be welcome additions.

It's a shame there's only one entrance. What are they going to do in a real emergency situation? Imagine all those kids in a panic trying to flood out of one tiny entrance as quickly as possible and pushing and shoving their way in the process. That seems dangerous. In every building there's always a minimum of two exits in case one is impassable. Maybe they can consider adding another entrance with a nearby smaller administrative office (school resource officer)?

In regard to the new auditorium, it should definitely have stadium-style seating if it isn't already in the plan. That would be amazing!

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