Contract awarded for GHS renovation drawings
The Gloucester County School Board approved an $85,361 contract with Moseley Architects of Richmond Tuesday for the creation of a master plan for renovations at Gloucester High School.
County supervisors provided $100,000 for the architects’ work, which will ultimately create conceptual drawings and presentation documents for renovations and improvements at GHS.
Jim McCalla, who will lead the project for Moseley, said his firm had looked at GHS 10 years ago after it completed an addition and renovation project at Abingdon Elementary. Drawings were created at that time but the project went no further.
McCalla said he and his team will begin their work immediately and schedule a community engagement meeting in early June to gather public input.
The work at GHS is projected to begin late next year and be completed in phases, with full completion of the renovations expected by 2021. The cost has been estimated at $43.2 million.
Board member Carla Hook said the public does not seem interested in the project, even though it is one of the bigger she has been involved with as a board member.
The school division website contains a link that has allowed the public to provide input regarding the GHS project, but Hook said last time she checked only two people had used it. “People are absolutely not engaged in this process,” she said, although it is the only high school in the county.
Board chairman Charles Records agreed. “We’re really going to look to you to push the community engagement,” he told McCalla.