Georgetown, DE

Sussex Academy

B&F helped the Sussex Academy manage a series of phased construction projects to accommodate a new high school program and expand enrollment from 225 to 770 students spanning grades 6-12.

Total Construction Cost$13.1 million
Architect, Phases I-IIIBlackney Hayes Architects
Architect, Phase IVELA Group
Architect, Phase VSchell Brothers/Design Delmarva
Builder, Phases I, II, and VGillis Gilkerson, Inc.
Builder, Phase IIIRichard Y. Johnson & Sons
Builder, Phase IVAmerican Athletic Courts, Inc.

Campus Transformed to Accommodate Skyrocketing Enrollment

Phases I & II

Repurposing a New Building

Phase I involved the renovation and fit-out of a newly acquired 22,000-square-foot building to create a Library/Information Commons and a Cafetorium—a 400-seat cafeteria that can be converted into a 1200-seat performing arts auditorium. Classroom, science labs, and administrative office improvements were also carried out. Phase II renovations updated the main lobby and corridors.

Phases III, IV & V

Concurrent Projects Included State-of-the-Art Athletic Facilities

Phases III through V included multiple concurrent projects. A 30,000-square-foot middle school addition, with a construction budget of only $5 million, was a remarkable exercise in cost-savings. It included 15 classrooms surrounding a new gymnasium. Collegiate-level synthetic and natural turf athletic fields were created, along with an indoor Aquatic Center and “The Nest,” an athletics support facility with a snack shop, equipment storage, and restrooms near the new fields.

B&F's Role

Our team helped Sussex Academy meet its aggressive timeframe and deliver the projects on schedule, accomplishing a transformation of its campus over just a 3-year period. B&F provided cost estimates, monitored construction, handled procurement, assisted with managing loan paperwork, and negotiated favorable terms to get the most impact from the Academy’s available funds and financing sources.

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