New middle school construction to begin this month

Artist rendering of front of new school buildingAt a special meeting on October 3, the Colonial Board of School Directors approved Penn Builders, Inc., of Quakertown, Pa., as the general contractor for the new Colonial Middle School (CMS). Penn's successful bid of $47,052,000 includes a base bid of $45,875,000. The Board also approved easement agreements with Plymouth Township, the Central Montco Technical High School (CMTHS) and residents bordering the construction site.

In addition to building a new 232,000 square foot middle school, the project 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.

"I want to thank the School Board, administration and the CMS staff for their hard work and commitment during the design and development stage," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mike Christian. "We have been fortunate to have good partners in the leadership of Plymouth Township and the Central Montco Tech School, the residents in the neighborhood, KCBA Architects and D'Huy Engineering, Inc. This wouldn't be possible without their collaboration."

Dr. Christian added that construction is set to begin before the end of this month. A ground breaking ceremony will be held behind the current middle school at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 21. Additionally, the District will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. in the current middle school auditorium. Attendees will be informed of what to expect in the coming weeks and over the course of the next three years. Included will be building designs, location of the construction zone and construction staging area, a project timeline and more.

Penn Builders has been the general contractor on several other middle schools in the region, including Nazareth Middle School, Northampton Middle School, Newtown Middle School and Nitschmann Middle School. Other prime contractors previously approved by the Board include MYCO Mechanical, Inc., of Telford, Pa., (HVAC and Plumbing) and Wind Gap Electric, Inc., of Wind Gap, Pa., (Electrical).

The new middle school is tentatively scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021 with the current building set for demolition in the spring of 2022.