The West Chester Area School District Board of Directors approved construction contracts for the district's eleventh elementary school at their monthly meeting on September 23.
Construction of Greystone Elementary School is expected to begin on or around October 15.
"The board and administration have been working hard to address the space needs for the projected enrollment growth in our district due to the increase in new housing construction. The construction of Greystone Elementary School is the cornerstone of our plan to provide the necessary space for our elementary students," says Gary Bevilacqua, board member and chair of the property and finance committee.
The board approved the following construction bids, totaling $23,595,770.00.
Sha-Nic, Inc. - $10,490,000.00 (General)
Watts Services - $3,500,000.00 (Site Construction)
JBM Mechanical - $3,388,000.00 (Mechanical)
The Farfield Company - $2,838,000.00 (Electrical)
Garland Roofing Systems - $1,966,988 (Roofing)
Vision Mechanical - $963,282.00 (Plumbing)
Guy M. Cooper - $449,500.00 (Sprinkler)
On August 27, 2019, the district secured funding for the project through a competitive general obligation bond (GOB) sale. The interest rate received on the $40.0 million GOB is the lowest overall yield the district has received on new money in the history of the district's financings. The proceeds of this bond will be used to pay not only the construction costs associated with Greystone Elementary School but will also be used to continue renovations plans approved for other elementary schools in the district.
"We are excited about the design and functionality of Greystone Elementary School. It will relieve space concerns our existing ten elementary schools," says Kevin Campbell, director of facilities and operations.
The two-story, approximately 80,000 square foot school, will be located at the intersection of Route 100 and Greenhill Road behind the Wawa in West Goshen. The school will house about 588 students. The target completion date is August 2021.