Omni Associates—Architects was selected by the Harrison County Board of Education to design and provide construction administration for a new elementary school in Lumberport, West Virginia.
The existing elementary school had been built in 1921 and was no longer able to meet ADA requirements. Other health and safety issues included the lack of an elevator, insufficient restrooms, and ground water problems in the basement classrooms.
It was determined that a new school would be built on the existing school property. The existing school remained in operation during construction, and access to the school for buses, students, and deliveries had to be coordinated during that period. A separate gymnasium was added to the project to be built after the existing school was demolished. It was sized for Middle School Athletic Activities and will be shared between the elementary and middle schools.
In accordance with the West Virginia Department of Education “Handbook on Planning School Facilities” and the “SBA Guidelines and Procedures Handbook”, Omni Associates designed a 40,000 square foot building that nearly doubled the space of the existing school. The facility consists of a one-story main building with a two-story classroom wing.
Construction bids for the project came in under budget, and the project was delivered utilizing multiple prime contracts. The school opened on time for the 2011-2012 school year.