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Mt. Lebanon approves $113.2 million high school renovation project

Last Tuesday, Mt. Lebanon commissioners approved the $113.2 million renovation of Mt. Lebanon High School in a 3-2 vote. The project has been subject to much debate since it was proposed in 2006, following a feasibility study performed by DeJong-Richter. While controversy has stemmed from the cost of the project, its proponents argue that the 83-year-old high school suffers from outdated infrastructural systems, limited classroom space and technological resources, and a generally inefficient layout, and that the renovation is necessary to bring the school into the 21st Century.

"It's a combination of new construction and renovation of existing space. The new construction is going to include a new academic wing along Horsman Drive and a bridge that will connect the academic center to the new field house," says Cissy Bowman, director of communications for The Mt. Lebanon School District. "The field house will have one central gym, two auxiliary gyms, and a new eight-lane pool."

Within the next six weeks, the District will finalize documents in order to put the projects up for architectural and construction bid, and ideally ground will be broken by May. The new facilities will target LEED certification, and renovations will correct many current issues, such as failing heating systems, outdated roofs and windows, and a lack of handicapped accessibility. The construction will be carefully phased in order to prevent educational disruption.

"The goal has always been that we're going to be housing students in different sections of the high school as we build these new buildings. There was a very clear desire from parents that they did not want trailers. So, we're going to be building certain sections of the project first and then moving students to different parts of the building. There will be a phased construction process that will last about 48 months," says Bowman.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: Cissy Bowman, Mt. Lebanon School District

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