The Franklin Regional School Board received a progress report on the early design activities for its new elementary campus. The monthly updates to the Board and community will continue through the design and construction of the new facilities.
Library Director Alan Hall walks Herald-Star readers through the coming improvements to the Public Library of Steubenville in his regular column.
An assessment of the five elementary school building that was undertaken for the North Allegheny School District has defined options for improvements at each facility. The study provided a prioritized list of options to address long-term maintenance and building upgrade items as well as improvements related to the District’s educational program. The study also addressed the needs for expanding selected buildings to address a growing and shifting population at North Allegheny.
The University of Pittsburgh is working towards including an 80,000 square foot expansion of Posvar Hall to its 10-year facilities capital plan. VEBH worked with the University to explore the conceptual possibilities for the new annex.
VEBH led the design team in completing the original Posvar Hall that was opened in 1978.
The Franklin Regional School District will move forward with the design of a consolidated elementary campus, the recommendation of a recently completed comprehensive facility study. The campus will be designed to include the renovation of Sloan Elementary School for kindergarten through second grade students and a new upper elementary building for students in grades three through five.
The year-long study that was undertaken by VEBH formally identified more than 30 options to improve and maintain the educational buildings in the District. The development of the elementary campus will free space on the District’s main campus that is currently occupied by two elementary buildings for future high school and middle school improvements.
With the design being finalized, excitement is building for the improvements that result from the expansion of the historic Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.
The addition and renovation project will create a new wing for additional library space, a community room, and the relocation of the children’s library. The addition will have a new main entrance that offers accessibility for the new spaces as well as the existing, 115-year-old Carnegie library building.
VEBH Architects is the designing the modifications to the former Westinghouse High School building in Wilmerding for use as a performing arts charter school. The Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School will offer instruction in dance, theater, music, studio arts, digital arts, and literacy arts.
The Franklin Regional School District community was invited to a Town Hall Meeting to offer their thoughts and concerns for three options that have been developed for school facility improvements. The options were identified as part of a district-wide study of facilities that was initiated last year.
Allegheny Valley Hospital is opening the first phases renovated spaces designed to improve patient services. Several projects were designed including a new inpatient rehab unit, updates to oncology, orthopedics several nursing units.
The North Allegheny School District is undertaking an evaluation of its elementary school buildings. The study will assess the need for improvements at each building.