Northern High replacement project makes progress

Northern High construction in Owings MD
Owings, MD - Of all the construction projects going on in Calvert County—from a large gas liquefaction facility to a much clamored-for fast food restaurant—it might the one that has created almost no controversy. The Northern High School (NHS) Replacement project continues to make strides. The 244,090-square foot, three story building continues to take shape.

During the Calvert County Board of Education’s (BOE) October business meeting, Calvert County Public Schools’ (CCPS) Director of School Construction Shuchita Warner said the work was “almost 37 percent complete.”

The BOE voted in February 2012 to replace the current NHS, which was built during the 1970s. The project cost is estimated at $65 million. In February 2015 the BOE voted to delay the start of the project by one year since all of the bids for construction were substantially over budget. Design changes were made by GWWO Inc. architects and the board subsequently awarded the construction project to J.A. Scheibel Inc. construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

Warner showed the BOE and other meeting attendees a video shot from a drone controlled by NHS junior Daniel Carey of the school’s “Drone Team.”
In addition to progress that has been made in getting the massive project under roof, interior walls, central and exit stairwells are part of the phased work nearing completion.

The new NHS will increase student capacity and will be heated and cooled geothermally. It is anticipated that the finished project will attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

Warner promised the board an update in approximately two months.

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