New ND High going vertical
SHILOH — Dorchester County officials toured Phase II of the new North Dorchester High School on Thursday, Oct. 19.
The progress made by Whiting Turner Construction and crews has the school going vertical with steel being placed in the ground for the walls and roof of the school. The expedient work has crews 10 days ahead of schedule for a school slated to open to students for the 20192020 school year.
“We are very excited to have this project,” said Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell. “Everyone is doing an outstanding job, and we are 10 days ahead of schedule. I cannot wait until it is finished.”
DCPS Facilities Engineer Chris Hauge led the tour around the school campus. About 10 years ago, the campus saw the opening of the new North Dorchester Middle School.
Hauge said the infrastructure installed during the middle school’s construction allowed for the campus to expand quicker with a new high school. He said there will be a new water system for the campus. He said the Geo-Thermal heating and air systems have already been installed under the sports fields.
Construction is underway for the high school’s new baseball field behind the middle school. The field’s location is temporary, and once the old high school is torn down, the permanent baseball field will be where the old school sits. The temporary field will be used as a practice field.
The softball field will be relocated to the old baseball field site. The school’s track and soccer field have already been in use for the fall sports season.
The biggest difference on campus are the vertical steel beams rising toward the sky.
“It is an exciting time in Dorchester County to see this project
moving vertical at the speed it is and with the precious it is,” said Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers. “It is good to see the steel coming in the air. I can’t wait to be here to cut the ribbon.”
The new North Dorchester High School project was approved by the county council in June 2014 and by the state Board of Public Works in October 2014. Many people have worked together since to design the building and secure the resources necessary for construction.
The project is divided into four phases, which will take a total of about three and a half years, and has a projected total cost of $43.1 million.
Completed in 1954 to consolidate the Vienna, East New Market, and Hurlock high schools, the current high school facility will have served the area for 65 years.
“When you come here every day, it can be difficult to see progress, but the work is happening so fast, I feel there is something new being erected each day I come to work,” said NDHS Principal Lynn Sorrells. “It is a dream come true to see this school come together.”
Dorchester County officials tour the new North Dorchester High School on Thursday, Oct 19.
Dorchester County Public Schools Facilities Engineer Chris Hauge leads a tour for local officials at the new North Dorchester High School on Thursday, Oct 19.