The community is invited to the beam signing scheduled to be held at the new Dover High School Wednesday morning.

THE DETAILS Capital School District officials have scheduled a beam signing Wednesday morning for the new Dover High School that is almost halfway through construction.

The signing is scheduled for 10 a.m. and the district has been trying to spread the word by advertising the event in any local medium possible, Superintendent Dr. Michael Thomas told the Capital Board of Education Oct. 17. The beam signing at 1650 Forrest Avenue will be an exciting event for current students, alumni, staff and all members of the community, Thomas said.

Those attending must go to the parking area on the west end of the new high school site, Capital officials said. Dignitaries scheduled to attend include Capital Board of Education members and officials from EDiS and ABHA Architects. The beam signed by members of the community will be permanently erected in the steel frame of the new Dover High.

Citizens and alumni unable to attend the beam signing ceremony may come at any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday to sign the beam, Thomas said.

THE PROGRESS The Capital School District hired EDiS and the team of ABHA and HCM to budget and design the new Dover High School after passing its capital referendum in 2010. This 290,000-square-foot, $114-million, 1,800-student high school has been under construction on a 100-acre site just west of Dover along Del. Route 8 (Forrest Avenue) since May.

After weeks of excavating and foundation work, the steel structure arose quickly and took shape during the summer into early autumn. The project is on schedule and within budget to open by the fall of 2014, EDiS Vice President Bradley Cowen said.

Cowen asked the school board on Oct. 17 to approve two change orders that exceeded the $100,000 limit Thomas was authorized to approve. Contractors hired to construct new schools or conduct renovations for a school district regularly request changes to their contract for unforeseen construction costs, hence the moniker change order. Capital Business Manager Sean Sokolowski had said contingencies were built into the $114 million budgeted for the new Dover High because the actual cost to construct the building was $83 million, the so-called "bricks and sticks." The board unanimously approved both change order requests last week.

The new Dover High — the centerpiece of Capital's construction projects — and the new Administration and Professional Development Center dedicated in September would be the new face of Capital, Thomas had said.


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