CHS Renovation

May 9, 2016​

April 11, 2016​

February 12, 2016

January 13, 2016

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January 6, 2016

First steel set up for admin area.

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November 24, 2015

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November 20, 2015

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November 9, 2015

Digging footers.
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Friday, September 4, 2015

In preparation for the renovation project at Caroline High School, community members will begin to see the following work taking place beginning the week of September 7.

  • A fenced off area will be installed in the corner of the student parking lot near the softball field. This area is designated as a “Work Area” and will be used by construction staff to stage their equipment.
  • Erosion control material will be installed around the campus.
  • The front parking lot will be closed. All visitors to CHS will be asked to park in the area that is currently the Student Parking Lot. Access to the building will remain through the front door.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The construction bids for Madison Elementary School and Caroline High School have been received. The results will be presented to the CIP Committee on Monday afternoon, June 8, 2015. The CIP Committee will make recommendations for both projects at the School Board Meeting on Monday evening, June 8, 2015. Construction on both projects is expected to begin this summer.

Thursday, April 17, 2015

There are currently 9 General Contractors that are considering submitting a bid for the construction at Caroline High School. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid meeting at Caroline High School on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for interested contractors to see the area of proposed construction. OWPR, Inc has been in direct contact with the reviewer from DEQ to finalize the revised calculations that validate the storm water drainage design. These will be submitted, via addendum, this week.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At the March 31, 2015, Caroline County School Board Meeting, the members voted to advertise Madison Elementary School and Caroline High School for construction bids. The advertisements will be in the following three local newspapers on April 2, 2015:

Caroline Progress
Free Lance Star
Richmond Times and Dispatch

The School Board’s approval to proceed with advertisement for bids followed a recommendation made earlier in the day by the Caroline CIP Committee to issue the final plans and specifications to contractors for bidding. The CIP Committee met on March 31, 2015, prior to the scheduled School Board meeting and reviewed the status of final reviews by DEQ for both projects. Since DEQ review and approval for both projects appears to be in the final stages, the CIP Committee agreed that it is the right time to proceed with bidding for the projects. Representatives from the School Board and school division, citizens, and the County Building Official were in attendance.

It is expected that construction will begin on both projects this summer.

During the 24 months of anticipated construction, Caroline High School will receive a new roof, new windows, new HVAC, new electrical, new lighting, and restroom and locker renovations. New additions will include a new 2,000 seat gymnasium with team locker rooms, public restrooms, entrance lobby, and concessions area. The new addition across the front of the school will include a new central main entrance and lobby, new secure administration and guidance areas and a new media center that can be accessible to the public after hours. The CTE area is designed to be expanded for a new nursing program, sports medicine program, robotics program, and an expanded culinary arts program.

At Madison Elementary, where construction is expected to be completed in a year, a new secure school entrance and administration area will provide a new look for the school. Also included in this addition are two additional computer labs, a new media center, and four new kindergarten classrooms as well as additional restrooms. The new addition will connect to three separate classroom wings and will incorporate ramps and vertical chair lifts to make the entire building ADA accessible.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Update on the Status of the Capital Improvement Project

The construction documents have been submitted to all government reviewing agencies (Caroline County Planning and Engineering, Caroline County Building Inspections, Caroline County Public Utilities, Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality) for review and approval. The architects and engineers are expecting final approval in the near future. Once final approvals are received, the Caroline County School Board will advertise the projects for bidding by interested General Contractors. The project specifications state that Caroline County businesses and suppliers should be utilized for the project when possible. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring once school is out for summer break and will continue for the next 18-24 months to completion. Additional information concerning construction sequencing and timing will be provided in the near future. Construction plans and specifications will be available for review at the office of the Caroline County Public Schools Supervisor of Construction and Maintenance, Geoffrey Honan.

Monday, September 22, 2014

CHS Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Friday, September 19, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Caroline High School renovation was held on the grounds of CHS. Mr. Wick began the ceremony by welcoming the guests from the CCPS School Board, the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Department, and other, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Killough, CCPS Superintendent, then addressed the crowd. His message focused on the hard work that has occurred over the previous several years in preparing for this moment as well as the overwhelming support of the community in supporting the school renovation bond referendum with an 81% approval. Dr. Killough also thanked many community members for their role in supporting this project.

Several speakers followed, including School board chairman George Spaulding, who talked about the pride the community had when CHS was first opened in 1976, how other counties in the region recognized the new school, and how it was time for the now aged building to be repaired in order to restore the pride that existed with its original opening; Board of Supervisor Jeff Sili, who related the supervisors’ desire in having the voters weigh in on a referendum and their support for improving the education offered at CHS; Andrew Buck and Jimmy Hayes, student leaders at CHS, who expressed the excitement within themselves and the student body regarding improving their school with the new library, gym, classrooms, and track, and how this renovation will accelerate the growing feeling of school pride in students.

After the actual groundbreaking, Dr. Killough and Mr. Wick then gave brief remarks of thanks to those who attended for their support as well as their contributions in bringing the CHS renovation to fruition. The ceremony closed with light refreshments provided by Chef Jazz Morton’s CHS Culinary Arts class.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CHS Track Pictures

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CHS Media Center Rendering
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Construction Updates for CHS
Caroline High School
The design package for Caroline High School Additions and Renovations will be complete in September and will be submitted to the School Division and County for review. Due to rising construction costs, the Technical Review Committee and CIP Committee have been working closely with OWPR to develop design documents that will allow the Contractors to build the large additions as quickly as possible with as little disruption to the existing building as possible. Additions will include a new central secured entrance, new Media Center, new Administration and Guidance Area and new 14,000 square foot Gymnasium along with three new Team Rooms, concessions and new weight room. Renovation work will include a new roof, new windows, new locker rooms, ADA restrooms, 6 new science labs, conversion of the old library and administration to classrooms, new HVAC system, new lighting and electrical switchgear replacement. CTE programming additions will include a CNA Program, Sports Medicine Program, Robotics Program and HVAC Technician Program. Culinary Arts will be expanded to include a new dining room that could be opened to serve the public and TV Production will be housed in a new classroom being built adjacent to the Auditorium and Stage to allow for greater collaboration with Performing Arts and use of shared equipment. OWPR recently walked through Caroline High School with Kevin Wightman, Caroline County Building Official and Geoffrey Honan, Supervisor of Maintenance, to make sure all building code related issues are adequately addressed in the renovation and expansion.

Caroline High School Running Track
Work on the high school running track project is nearing completion. The new drainage system has been installed, the new field events features relocated and the black asphalt base on the track has been installed. In the next two weeks the blue surface will be installed on the track and the field events areas and the track striping will be painted. New sod has been installed where the new drainage system was constructed. It is anticipated that work on the track will be complete by early September.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The renovation to CHS has begun with the track replacement as well as the clearing of trees for additional athletics practice fields. The photos below were taken on July 25, 2014.

The first track photo shows the new long jump and pole vault pits, with the long jump pit being in the foreground. The next two photos show the base layer of blacktop, with the third also showing the new French drains that have been installed. There are additional layers that need to be added before the track is finalized.

Photos 4-6 are several angles of the clearing behind the football stadium for practice fields. The first is a shot right behind the field, while the second and third pictures show angles to the right and left, respectively. This is best seen by driving by the school, as the cleared section of trees is easily visible from Route 207 as well as the student parking lot.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tree Removal at CHS


Monday, July 7, 2014

The long awaited work has begun on the Caroline County Schools Capital Improvements projects that were overwhelmingly approved in the fall bond referendum. Construction began on the Caroline High School Track Renovation project approximately three weeks ago after Precision Sports Surfaces of Charlottesville, VA submitted a bid of $285,778 which was substantially under the budgeted amount of $435,000.00. Because the project was nearly $150,000.00 under budget, the Caroline County School Board approved a $55,000 upgrade to the rubberized track surface for a total project cost of $340,778.00. The new upgraded track surface will feature three layers of black rubber granules topped by 2 additional layers of blue rubber granules that will give the track surface a blue finish. The upgrade provides a thicker rubber track than was originally planned and improves the overall lifespan of the surface. The old rubber track surface has been stripped off and the drainage improvements along the sides of the football field has begun. The track project is anticipated to be complete in time for the fall football season.

Crews from the J. H. Knighton Lumber Company got the improvements at Madison Elementary School jump started last week when they arrived on-site and began clearing trees from the new property that will have the new bus drop off loop located on it. Caroline County Public Schools is very grateful for the efforts of the J. H. Knighton Lumber Company as this will allow the building contractor to begin work on the new bus drop off loop immediately in early August.

Personnel from the Maintenance Department of Caroline County Public Schools removed the playground equipment from its current location. The equipment will be re-installed at its new location behind the Madison Elementary School building. The playground was re-located to move it farther away from the road and to allow room for the new addition which will connect all three existing classroom wings. The new addition will house a new school front entrance, a new administration and guidance area, two new computer labs, a new media center and four new classrooms. A new visitors drop-off and pick-up area along with expanded parking is planned where the current bus loading area is located.

A pre-bid meeting was held at Madison Elementary School on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The meeting allows interested contractors an opportunity to review the construction plans, see the school and site and meet the people that they may be working with should they be the low bidder for the project. So far, nine General Contractors from Winchester to the Tidewater area have expressed interest in the additions and renovation project at Madison Elementary School. Bids are due on July 17, 2014 with construction anticipated to begin in early August and be completed by mid-July of 2015.

Architects and engineers are entering the detailed stages of planning for the new additions and renovations to the Caroline High School. The design team spent the last three months of the school year meeting with faculty and staff to develop a design that will allow the high school to be expanded to accommodate 1600 students. Work is anticipated to begin on the high school project this fall and will take approximately two years to complete.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the Caroline County School Board approved a bid by Precision Sports Surfaces of Charlottesville, VA for the High School Track Renovation Project. The bid amount was $285,778. It is anticipated that the work will begin within the next two weeks and will be substantially complete by August 1, 2014. During this time, the track will be closed for public use.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tentative Schedule for CHS Athletic Improvements
CHS Athletic Improvements
3/10/2014 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
3/24/2014 – Submit plans to County for review
4/2/2014 – Advertise for Bids
4/14/2014 – Present Final Design to School Board
5/1/2014 – Receive Bids
5/12/2014 – Present Bids to School Board for approval
5/13/2014 – Issue notice to proceed
5/19/2014 – Construction to begin
8/1/2014 – Substantial Completion
9/1/2014 – Final Completion

Tentative Schedule for CHS Additions and Renovations
3/10/2014 – Present revised Schematic Design Drawings to School Board
3/21/2014 – Send Design Development Drawings to Cost Estimator
4/14/2014 – Present revised Design Development Drawings and Cost Estimate to School Board
5/12/2014 – Update School Board on progress of Construction Documents
6/9/2014 – Update School Board on Progress of Construction Documents
6/13/2014 – Send 95% complete Construction Documents to Cost Estimator
7/14/2014 – Update School Board and present 95% Construction Document Cost Estimate
8/1/2014 – Submit plans to County for review
8/11/2014 – Present final Construction Documents to School Board, request permission to Advertise for Bids
8/12/2014 – Advertise for Bids
9/4/2014 – Receive Bids
9/8/2014 – Present Bids to School Board for Approval
9/9/2014 – Issue notice to proceed
9/13/2014 – Construction to begin
7/15/2016 – Substantial Completion
8/15/2016 – Final Completion