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.
Phases I & II
The first phase 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
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 world-class gymnasium. New 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.
Our team helped Sussex Academy meet its aggressive timeframe and deliver the projects on schedule, accomplishing a transformation of its campus over 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 Owner’s available funds and financing sources.
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