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  Cape Henlopen High SchoolCape Henlopen High School

Construction Manager & General Contractor

EDiS Company
110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801


Buck Simpers Architect & Associates, Inc.
715 North Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801


General Description

Location: Lewes, Delaware
Date Bid: Mar 2007 Construction Period: June 2007 to Sep 2009
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, metal, membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

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 rotunda.

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 observation.

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 technology.

Completed in September 2009, the new Cape Henlopen High School provides an environment in which students achieve success in academics and extracurricular activities. 

Interior Columns, Exterior Pilaster, Radius Cornice, and Frieze:
Plastrglas Architectural Fabrications


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