Kingsway moves forward with construction plans
Published: Monday, November 28, 2011, 4:00 AM
Kingsway, a continuously growing district, is in need of more space to handle its burgeoning population and in September voters approved a $31.1 million bond referendum to do so.
Kingsway’s board of education met last week to interview construction management firms and decided on the Moorestown-based company due to its extensive experience with similar projects.
“They have a very experienced team of professionals on staff. They have quite a bit of experience and provide a comprehensive approach to construction management,” said Superintendent Jim Lavender. “The board liked their proposal and their presentation and had a lot of confidence in what they presented.”
The project — of which $8.4 million will be covered by state grants — will add 41 classrooms to the Kingsway middle and high schools, as well as expansions to the schools’ gymnasiums and cafeterias to handle the amount of people expected to attend school there in the next few years. Design was by Garrison Architects of Marlton.
Students from two of the fastest growing elementary school districts in the state, Swedesboro-Woolwich and East Greenwich, as well as students from South Harrison Township, feed into Kingsway at seventh grade. Logan Township elementary students join them at the high school level.
Currently the schools house about 2,300 students, which is very near capacity for the two buildings. A recent demographic study estimates the population to reach more than 3,100 by 2014.
The current plan for the project has work beginning of April 2012, and the school board is working to meet all of its deadlines to make that happen.
“We have a number of meetings set up and we need to prepare the specifications for the actual construction project,” Lavender said.
The new construction management team, the school’s architect and the board still need to meet and prepare specifications for actual construction and they are expected to advertise for construction bids in January or February.
The ultimate goal is to have the two schools ready for students in the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
“We are sticking to the timetables and hitting the milestones so far,” Lavender said