W. Va. School Building Authority Grants Nearly $48 M for Construction

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
The state School Building Authority distributed nearly $50 million for the construction and renovation of schools in 11 counties across the state. Two of those counties will use a pilot project delivery system designed to save time and money.

In less than three hours, the state School Building Authority had approved the building of four new schools, construction of five new additions and renovations to five more school buildings with the distribution of about $48 million in state grant money. The most expensive of those projects, $9.8 million for the construction of a new Franklin Elementary School in Pendleton County.

“Pendleton County requests an amount of up to $9, 267,000. They’re providing $350,000 in local funds as well.”

The Pendleton County project was followed closely in cost by Harrison County’s bid for a new Lumberport Middle School, a project totaling nearly $8.2 million. Both counties, however, are scrapping the traditional construction process and trying a new project delivery method also used in the state for building highways. That method: Design-Build.

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