Fenwick High School’s $12 million campus expansion, which is expected to add classroom and student activity space, won’t result in increased enrollment, school officials have said.
For the time being, the parking lot at Fenwick, 505 W. Washington, has been turned into a makeshift construction area.
The project will add nine new classrooms, expand the school’s library and girl’s locker room, and include a new reception and public entrance area off of East Avenue.
The new classrooms includes science and art labs. The sciences labs were primarily added because of the increased demand for science classes, said Jerry Lordan, Fenwick’s director of institutional advancement.
The school’s current enrollment of roughly 1,200 students, though, will not increase, he said.
“We expanded the number of science labs so more kids can take physics and chemistry,” said Lordan.
The new classrooms will be built on top of the “LINK,” a passageway first constructed in 1998 between the school’s north wing and its fieldhouse. The new addition covers 16,000 square feet and three stories.
Along with expanding the library and girl’s locker room, an aerobics fitness room will be built.
Work on the project began last summer, Lordan said, with strength columns added in the boys locker room to support the new structure.
Total cost of the project is $12.9 million and is expected to be completed by December.
“We very much want to have this done before Christmas break 2007,” Lordan said, adding that the new facilities should be ready for students and staff by next spring.
Because of the current construction in the school’s parking lot, the school asked parents to drop off and pickup their kids a block away and have them walk to school.
Lordan said the parking lot is the main pickup and drop off place for parents. The school, he said, was concerned about the likelihood of increased traffic congestion with the project going on.
Lordan said parents have been understanding and have complied.