Update Provided to School Board Regarding Possible Renovations at Five NA Elementary Schools

Posted by NASD on 7/19/2017

At the Wednesday, July 19 Combined Meeting, the North Allegheny School Board received an update regarding possible upcoming renovations at Franklin, Hosack, Ingomar, McKnight and Peebles Elementary Schools.


Ms. Cassi Renninger of VEBH Architects presented findings from Facilities Assessments of the five Elementary Schools, a process that began in December 2016. Several common issues and recommendations were found among the five buildings including partial roof replacements, window and door replacements, and energy and Food Service Equipment upgrades. Additionally, each building was found to have its own unique issues that warrant upgrades to meet the needs of the growing District.


The plans also recommend a reconfiguration of McKnight Elementary, which would utilize unoccupied areas and improve the overall flow of the building. The two-story wing of the building would potentially be demolished and specialized classrooms would be added where appropriate, ultimately reducing the building footprint and reduce ongoing costs. This recommendation would not increase the student capacity of the building.


Expanding Franklin Elementary is also a possibility for the renovation plan. This scenario is contingent upon the demographic study that is currently being conducted to determine if student enrollment is projected to continue to increase.


Renovations to all five buildings are estimated to cost between $59.6 to $65.9 million; however, if the District opts to expand Franklin Elementary, the projected cost range for all five buildings would be approximately $76.2 to $84.3 million.


Ms. Renninger also presented several potential phasing scenarios for construction, all of which have start dates in 2019 and last two to four years. A copy of the presentation is available on the District’s website in BoardDocs.