After 17 months, three phases and $15 million dollars in construction costs-the staff and students of the Palmerton Area School District are enjoying new and updated facilities at the junior high school. Completed in September of 2017, Phase I consisted of the conversion of a grass football field into a multi-sport turf field, including a synthetic track. Phase II included the construction of a 13,000-SF addition, parking lot improvements and a new softball field.
The addition provides a new, secure main entrance to the building, new administrative offices, several new classrooms and a computer lab, a media center featuring a TV recording studio, new restrooms, new locker rooms for the gymnasium, and a new kitchen and cafeteria-discontinuing the junior high's use of the high school cafeteria.
Phase III involved gutting and renovating the existing junior high, which mainly consists of restrooms and classrooms. Phase II and III were constructed simultaneously and were completed just before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
Isett is the Engineer of Record for the school district and provided the civil, structural and MEP design for this extensive project. We guided and coordinated the architect selection (KCBA Architects); managed the project budget and schedule; provided bidding and construction administration; and conducted special inspections during the construction.
Tim Sisock-who has been working with the school district since they became our client eight years ago-provided owner's representative services, as well as construction oversight and administration. As the overall project manager, he coordinated efforts between our design team and the architect. Tim will continue to lead Isett's service to the school district in upcoming projects.