General construction of a new Colonial Middle School began last month. Workers have installed security fencing, removed trees from the property and have begun excavating and grading the construction site for storm water management and in preparation for installing footers and pouring the building foundation.
Work has also commenced on an access road to the property from New Hope Street adjacent to the Central Montco Technical High School. The road will serve as access for school buses and emergency vehicles when the building is completed.
Last month, workers finished installation of a sanitary pipeline for the new building. The project was completed on time and nearly $16,000 under budget.
The new 232,000 square foot middle school will be about 42,000 square feet larger than the existing building. The new school is designed to accommodate 1,500 students. It will include a cafeteria that can accommodate 500 students at a time and a gymnasium that can hold 1,400 for assemblies and promotion ceremonies with floor seating. The project also includes the construction of new athletic fields, parking lots, an access road for school buses on land currently owned by CMTHS and the township, and demolition of the current middle school.
The new middle school is tentatively scheduled for occupancy in January 2022 with the demolition of the current building, and construction of new parking lots, athletic fields and storm water detention basins to follow through the fall of 2022.