St. Georges Technical High School|
110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801
Location: St. Georges, Delaware
Date Bid: Aug 2004
Construction Period: Sep 2004 to Nov 2006
Total Square Feet: 265,000 Site: 113 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 217,000; second floor, 48,000; total, 265,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’4”; second floor 12’; total, 26’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall.
Roof: Built-up, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Architect & Structural Engineer: Tetra Tech - 240 Continental Drive, #200, Newark, DE 19713
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Cosentini - Two Pennsylvania Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10121
Cost Estimator: EDiS Company - 110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801
One of the largest schools built in the State of Delaware, St. Georges Technical High School is the fourth comprehensive vocational technical high school administered by the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District. The high school was a necessary addition for the district to accommodate the growing demand for technical education and skills in Delaware. This new 265,000-square-foot, $56 million technical high school can accommodate 1,000 students. Construction began in July 2004 and was completed in fall of 2006.
St. Georges Technical High School is a state-of-the-art building constructed with a structural steel frame, masonry/aluminum curtain wall, and EPDM and standing seam metal roofs. The project included 80 traditional high school classrooms, several science laboratories, an auditorium, gymnasium, media center/library and cafeteria like most traditional school environments. But unlike a traditional school environment, this school required the installation of complex systems and equipment to meet the needs of the school’s specialized curriculum.
Many of the programs offered at St. Georges–automotive, construction and mechanical technologies, information technology, culinary arts, and health, service and science technologies–required the installation of complex electrical, mechanical and IT systems. Over 70 miles of information technology cable were necessary throughout the building to support the requirements of the school’s programs. To satisfy the needs of the culinary arts program and a cafeteria for the students, three kitchens were incorporated into the design. A cooking kitchen services the students’ cafeteria and a culinary arts and a baking kitchen service the school’s on-site cafe. All three kitchens contain commercial grade equipment. To cater to the hands-on learning environment, classrooms were designed with windows large enough for students to observe work and instruction taking place in an adjoining “laboratory.” For example, culinary arts classrooms overlook a kitchen and auto technology classes overlook a garage.
St. Georges has many impressive systems that allow the building to function as a vocational technical school. But the building is not only functional–it is beautiful as well. Terrazzo flooring was selected for its beauty, but more importantly its ability to stand the test of time. Skylights were designed throughout the building to allow for the flood of natural light throughout the students’ six-hour school day. The trusses in the gymnasium, which give the gym the open look the Architect and Owner desired, weighed 12.5 tons each and measured 27 feet high at the center, requiring the use of two cranes for their installation.
To keep the project on schedule and make sure the school was open in time for classes to start in the fall of 2006, a three-phase occupancy plan was created. Only the ninth graders were going to occupy the building for the first year, so a strategy was developed that finished all the spaces necessary to support the freshman class in Phase I. Phase II included the gymnasium and locker rooms, media center and several career labs. And Phase III included career labs for the school's construction trades and mechanical academy.
DIV. 7: Membrane Roofing: Carlisle; Metal Roofing: Merchant & Evans;
Horizontial Siding: ATAS; Manufactured Composite Panels: Edward J. DeSeta Company
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, & Windows: Kawneer.