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HCS OKs building construction plans

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Career center, North Hardin, Vine Grove Elementary projects included

By Kelly Cantrall

Multiple construction projects are getting under way at Hardin County Schools.

The HCS board approved several items construction at its regular meeting Tuesday night, including construction documents and schematic designs for Phase 7 of North Hardin High School’s renovation and Phase 2 of Vine Grove Elementary School’s renovation. A schematic design for a new Early College and Career Center also was approved.

The design for the career center building shows suites for each of the six career pathways to be included. The media arts and health sciences suites will be on the first floor, along with administration areas for HCS and Western Kentucky University. The second floor will feature an industrial maintenance suite; a transportation, distribution and logistics suite; a Project Lead the Way engineering suite and the human services suite, along with a presentation room and an Internet cafe.

The building also is planned as a net-zero energy building, which means it would produce all the energy it needs. Kenny Stanfield, an architect with Sherman Carter Barnhart, the firm that designed the building, said solar panels might be added to the roof.

Construction is estimated to cost $16.6 million.

The construction documents for Phase 7 of the North Hardin renovation include updating its kitchen, cafeteria and auxiliary gym, and constructing a new auxiliary gym and athletic complex.

The estimated cost of this phase of renovation is about $13.2 million, according to the documents. Total cost for the entire renovation of the school is about $27 million, said Gary Milby, associate superintendent for finance and support services. Milby said while the figure sounds high, a new high school typically costs about $50 million to $60 million.

He said he expects this to be the final phase of the renovation. Sherman Carter Barnhart also is the firm designing the project.

Construction documents for Phase 2 of Vine Grove Elementary School’s renovation include site improvements.  The project is estimated to cost about $1.2 million. Sherman Carter Barnhart has that project as well.

Contracts for all three projects between the district and Sherman Carter Barnhart were approved at the meeting.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.