New ND High go­ing ver­ti­cal

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Dorch­ester County of­fi­cials tour the new North Dorch­ester High School on Thurs­day, Oct 19.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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