Cape Henlopen High School
Manager & General Contractor
110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801
Buck Simpers Architect & Associates, Inc.
715 North Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Date Bid: Mar 2007 Construction Period: June 2007 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 216,159 Site: 67 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Auditorium, 900 seating capacity;
gymnasium, 2,300 seating capacity.
Building Size: First floor, 156,996; second floor, 59,163; total,
216,159 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; floor to
floor, 14’; total, 28’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Asphalt shingles,
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Baker, Ingram & Associates - 1050 South
State Street, Dover, DE 19901
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Furlow Associates, Inc. - 1206
Society Drive, Claymont, DE 19703
BSA+A worked with the District of Cape Henlopen in designing a new
school to replace an existing high school in their district that was
originally built in the 1970s.
The mission of the school district is to create an educational
environment that enables each student to achieve personal excellence and
lifelong learning skills to become a productive and responsible citizen.
With this mission in mind, BSA+A designed the new comprehensive Cape
Henlopen High School with departmental wings that can be expanded in the
future. The design offers a creative solution for large group activities
by locating the Cafeteria, Commons, Auditorium and Gymnasium close to
each other. EDiS Company worked in conjunction with BSA+A Architects as
construction manager and general contractor to complete the school in
time for the 2009 school year.
The round, high-domed design of the Commons draws students together and
then disperses them in all directions with the compass inspired floor
design. The Commons complete with soaring dome and interior columns
impresses upon the student there is no limit to what they can achieve.
The interior columns were supplied by Plastrglas of Omaha, Neb. and
installed by K. B. Coldiron, Inc. of Selbyville, Del. The columns are a
combination of specially formulated high-strength gypsum and glass fiber
reinforcement that delivers a lightweight, high-density product with
high strength. In addition to the interior columns, Plastrglas also
manufactured the pilaster, radius cornice, and frieze on the exterior
The new design of the high school uses the courtyard as an outdoor
instructional space. The art rooms are situated around it allowing the
outdoor environment to also serve as inspiration to the art students.
Vo-Tech classrooms have exterior access and are located at the back with
the Agri-Science classroom located adjacent to the greenhouse. Culinary
Arts is located next to main kitchen to facilitate learning through
The new high school includes a state-of-the-art theater with fly space,
and large group instructional areas located in the back with moveable
partitions. The new Cape Henlopen High School was built with Green
Initiatives typified by the LEED(R) rating system such as geothermal
Completed in September 2009, the new Cape Henlopen High School provides
an environment in which students achieve success in academics and
Interior Columns, Exterior Pilaster, Radius Cornice, and Frieze:
Plastrglas Architectural Fabrications