Above, the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Pickens Junior High expansion, last Thursday. Below, the conceptual drawing of Phase 2, by Breaux & Associates Architects. Damon Howell / Above photo
Submitted by Pickens County Schools
Pickens County Junior High will have a new look when school doors open for the 2019-20 school year. Last week, an official groundbreaking took place on-site with school district officials, PJHS administrators, and representatives of both the construction and architectural firms in attendance. The building was originally opened as Pickens County Middle School in 1988.
The Guaranteed Maximum Pricing (GMP) for Phase I construction was approved by the Board of Education on March 14, 2019, at $3,999,458.00. The school system earned $802,138.00 of entitlement monies from the State Department of Education for this project. The Pickens County School System will be responsible for $3,197,320.00 that will come from SPLOST funds.
The construction plan will be carried out in two phases. Phase I of the renovation project, which is now underway, will include updates to the following: Flooring, Ceiling/Lights (LED), Restrooms (sinks, toilets, urinals), Walkways with canopies, Security fencing, Card access control, Door security sensors, HVAC controls / Energy management, Pouring of the concrete pad for Phase 2
Phase 2 of the renovation project will begin as soon as phase one is complete. A new building will be added during the final phase that will house administrative offices, an auditorium, band and chorus rooms, SRO office, and conference area.