Two Designers Left For New Middle School

Posted: September 5, 2013


HARRISONBURG — A group charged with evaluating architectural proposals for Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ new middle school has narrowed the field of potential designers to two.


Harrisonburg City School Board Chairman Steve Barranco, who is also a member of the architectural proposal committee, gave an update on the group’s progress during the board’s meeting Tuesday.


“At the next meeting, those two teams will come in to brief proposals,” Barranco told the board. “Then we’ll be in the position to make a decision on which team to go with.”


The deadline to submit proposals was the end of July. Nine firms submitted plans for the new school, which will be built near Harrisonburg High School and create space for the division’s burgeoning enrollment.


The school will house at least 900 sixth- through eighth-graders and replace Thomas Harrison Middle School, which will be converted into an elementary school.


The middle school project is expected to cost between $30 million and $40 million and to be ready for classes in fall 2016.


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