The New Albany-Plain Local School District received 13 responses to its request for qualifications from architects interested in designing a new school building.
Superintendent April Domine said the district is on an extended timeline and will choose an architecture firm that can meet that demand. District officials hope to have a design in place and break ground in the spring so the building will be open by the fall of 2014.
"We will select the top two to three (firms) to interview," Domine said.
Once the architect is chosen, the district will request qualifications for a construction manager.
The construction will be funded by a 2.59-mill bond issue that will generate $45.1 million. Local voters approved the bond request last November as part of Issue 50, which also included a 4.24-mill continuous operating levy to generate $3.51 million.
The architects who responded are: ASM Partners of Columbus; Fanning Howey Associates of Dublin; GPD Group of Columbus; Garmann Miller and Associates of Minster; JBA Architects of Newark; Legat and Kingscott of Columbus; Lesko Associates of Cleveland; MKC Associates of Powell; Moody-Nolan of Columbus; Orchard, Hiltz and McCliment of Gahanna; Stantec Architecture of Cleveland; TRIAD Architects of Westerville; and WSA Studio in association with Lincoln Street Studio, both of Columbus.
Domine said the district will seek feedback from faculty, students and the community on the design of the building.
The district currently is 700 students over capacity and uses two modular buildings outside the 2-5 elementary, according to district officials.
The new building will not have space for all the students expected by the 2016 school year, but Domine has said the district is working to find innovative ways to allow 300 to 400 juniors and seniors to pursue such off-campus learning opportunities as college classes and internships.
District officials have said the best place for the new building is between the 2-5 elementary and the middle school cafeteria on the district's central campus.
The 2.59-mill bond issue included $11.4 million for site improvements, which could include moving a student parking lot and changing the middle school and 2-5 elementary school bus loops.