Beers + Hoffman Designs a New Lebanon Middle School
Beers + Hoffman Architecture is honored to have been awarded the contract for the design of a new Middle School facility for grades 7-8 in the Lebanon School District. After a brief presentation on the scope of the project by architects Scott Shonk, AIA and Robert Hoffman, AIA, the Board of Directors approved the contract at their monthly board meeting on July 19, 2021.
The conceptual plan with site plan options from Steckbeck Engineering had previously been presented in public at the June 14th board meeting and at a town-hall public meeting on July 1. The construction manager, Fidevia, presented the project schedule for opening the new building in the fall of 2024 and a cost estimate of $37.5 to $47.5M for total project costs. Current funding opportunities available from the federal government prompted the advancement of this project.
The Middle School will be located on the high school campus. Several other sites were considered, but the existing campus proved to have many benefits. The relationship of shared curriculum, facilities and staffing between the Middle School and High School can be taken advantage of due to the new proximity.
The conceptual plans are underway as the initial sketch proposes a two-story school with 142,835 s.f. in total. The school will be designed to accommodate 450 students in each grade and will have a gymnasium that will seat 2,000 in bleachers.
The existing Middle School, which currently houses grades 6-8, will be renovated as an Intermediate School for grades 5-6 after the new Middle School opens.
UPDATE! The groundbreaking has taken place and the project is officially underway! Read more about the project in this LebTown article.