Design for new school building presented to Seneca Valley School District

March 12, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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JACKSON TWP — A final schematic design and price tag for the school that will replace the Evans City school building was presented Monday to the Seneca Valley School Board.

The new school will cost between $70 million and $80 million and will be built on an Ehrman Road property the district has owned for nearly 20 years. It will replace Evans City Elementary and Middle School, a decision the school board approved in September.

Mike Corb, project head from architecture firm CannonDesign, showed board members what his team has determined to be the best design for the school.

The presentation included a description of the parking, bus and student drop-off arrangements, landscaping and irrigation and classroom setup.

Corb also described basic interior components, such as flooring types, storage displays, bleachers to seat about 500 people in the gymnasium, enhanced acoustics, sport and basic stage technology, lighting in the gymnasium and a large window layout.

“Access to daylight is tremendously important,” Corb said.

Other outdoor options include two play areas, including one for middle school and another for elementary school students; walking paths and trails near the building; and sidewalks along one side of all entries into the building.

“We want to make it walkable from the local communities,” Corb said.

The next step will be for CannonDesign to begin designing the development phase and present again at the board meeting June 3. Corb said he anticipates having the required public hearing to be held on new construction and substantial additions for school districts, and presenting the final design for review at the Aug. 5 board meeting.

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Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield is a community reporter at the Cranberry Eagle. She worked as a freelance reporter before joining the Eagle staff in July 2018. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's journalism and public relations department in 2018 and from Wellsboro Area High School in 2015. While at IUP, she served as a reporter and editor at The Penn, the university's student-run, twice-weekly newspaper, and earned first place awards from Pennsylvania News Media Association and Pittsburgh Black Media Federation in 2017 and 2018, respectively, for her news coverage and investigative reporting.