Architects for the Mt. Lebanon School District last night presented drawings of a significantly renovated high school that included a new gymnasium, pool and academic wing and carried a price tag of about $120 million.
While that price is still $10 million above the district's state-mandated borrowing threshold of $110 million, architect Thomas Celli said officials from his firm will be working closely with project manager P.J. Dick to bring the cost down another 7
to 9 percent.
Mr. Celli told the board he hoped it would be able to give approval to plans that his firm will bring to the June 1 school board meeting so that they can be sent to Harrisburg for initial approvals.
The model of the high school presented last night was significantly different from the one chosen in February by the board. At that time, the board approved what had become known as Option 2, which included a high school with 67 percent new construction and 33 percent renovation.
Option 2 included a new academic wing, sports facilities, a renovated fine arts wing and a preserved Building B, the original high school structure. However, it carried a price tag of $130.9 million.
School directors, while approving the plan, asked the architects to come back with a version with a price tag closer to $110 million.
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