Grove City Record

New Franklin Heights groundbreaking set Sept. 17


The groundbreaking for the new Franklin Heights High School building will be held Sept. 17, the night of the school's first home football game of the 2013-14 season.

Holding the groundbreaking in conjunction with the football game, "will make it a nice community event," Superintendent Bill Wise told the South-Western Board of Education June 26.

The board also heard an update on the pre-construction work being done this summer at FHHS.

That work is underway, said Todd Thackery of SHP Leading Design, the project's architect.

"The summer work is about setting up the site and allowing construction to begin after school starts with students safely cordoned off from the construction work," Thackery said.

"The high school will operate on the north side of the site and construction on the south side," he said.

The Falcon's Nest recreation center is being closed to the public and its canopy and the wrestling room demolished to provide construction access to the north side of the new building and to permit an emergency egress route along the south side of the existing building.

A fence will be constructed for a gravel walkway that people exiting the auditorium and gymnasium area will safely use while construction is ongoing, Thackery said.

A temporary gravel parking lot for students will be created on the west side of the access road leading to Briggs Road, he said.

A temporary gravel bus loop will be placed at the current location of the softball field and the dugouts, backstop and fences at the field will be demolished.

Other summer pre-construction work at Franklin Heights will include:

* Demolition of the soccer field press box and stands.

* Removal of the soccer field lights and scoreboard for future use.

* Placement of construction trailers along the Demorest Road/main parking lot boundary.

Thackery said a meeting to review plans for maintaining the operation of the school during construction will be held with FHHS staff July 8.

The project is expected to be turned over to the construction manager Oct. 2.

It is expected construction of the new high school will take two years to complete.