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South Portland High School Renovation Project

The South Portland Renovation & Addition Plan is on the November 2, 2010 ballot


What's the plan? 

How much will it Cost?

 Impact on our educational programs?

What are the deficiencies of the current building?

Frequently asked questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPHS Tour

 


 

 

 What's the plan?

 

Timeline:   timeline.pdf

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Designs

 

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Floor Plans

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Site Plan

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Phasing

 

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Green Design - “Green” Technology Within the Plan.  Energy efficiencies are designed within the new plan providing for:

  • Heat recovery units
  • Natural gas fired condensing boilers (dollar for dollar a more efficient fuel source)
  • Variable frequency drives saving energy
  • Displacement ventilation
  • Radiant heat floors – increased efficiency
  • Lighting and power controls
  • Continuous daylight harvesting
  • Window and wall replacement (better insulation and elimination of water infiltration)
  • Occupancy room sensors for lighting control and demand-based ventilation

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How much will it cost?

Total building project

 

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Impact on taxpayer / financing

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Impact on our educational programs?

Accreditation

The NEAS&C report and subsequent letter of April 29, 2009 lists their concerns for the school’s adherence to the Standards on Community Resources for Learning

SPHS has been placed on “warning” status due to building deficiencies. To avoid a “probation” designation the following issues need to be resolved.

  • Structural decay of the facility.
  • Lack of compliance with federal, state, and local codes.
  • Limited capacity of the out dated electrical system.
  • Insufficient number of electrical outlets.
  • Poorly operating (HVAC) ventilation.
  • Hundreds of stained ceiling tiles.
  • Ongoing roof leaks.
  • Windows that no longer repel water resulting in mold and structural damage.
  • Lack of hot water in the rest rooms.
  • Number of leaking toilets.
  • Number of broken restroom stalls.
  • Limited level of confidentiality in the guidance office.
  • Limited meeting space for special education.
  • Asbestos coating on ceilings in the annex.

  • Inoperable gas systems in the science labs.
  • Use of the library / media center for classrooms due to space inadequacies.
  • Lack of sound proofing between classrooms.
  • Air-borne particles emitted from noisy heaters in classrooms.
  • Structural cracks.
  • Limited handicapped accessibility in many areas of the building.
  • Drainage issues around the facility.

 

 

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21st Century Learner - What does that mean?

Educational Benefits of New Plan - Buildings must be designed to facilitate what we know as “Best Practices” in education today and be flexible for changes that will inevitably come!

  • Flexible classroom grouping arrangements will be designed to meet the 21st century educational needs of our students.
  • Area in new classrooms will meet (not exceed) the state standards.
  • Physical flexibility in classrooms for clustering of groups of students will allow for collaboration, problem solving and project based learning.
  • Technology will be integrated into each classroom.
  • Science labs will be updated.
  • A larger library will accommodate learning needs.
  • Learning spaces will be configured to accommodate more up-to-date curricular offerings.
  • Small learning communities with resources in close proximity – supports current teaching at 9th and 10th grades with core classes and common spaces centrally located.
  • Gathering spaces to accommodate multiple groups will be added.
  • Space will be allocated for project work.
  • Areas will be designated for the display of student work.
  • Flexible technology to allow for changes in the future.
  • Allows each teacher to have their own teaching space which enhances instructional planning and preparation.
  • Off site programs will be integrated back into the building.
  • The plan accommodates for 1100 students as indicated by the December 2008 Planning Decisions enrollment projections. Currently in grades K-3, 1-4 and 2-5 there are between 1020 and 1065 students. These students, once they reach the high school match the projections of the Planning Decisions report.

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What are the deficiencies of the current building?

Site Issues

Geographically, the site is well situated, central, and convenient. However, given the requirements / needs of a high school, the demands create site constraints which start to dictate the design solution.

  • Bus congestion on Mountain View Road; there is no designated student drop off separated from the bus drop off and pick up location.
  • Determination to connect the three re-usable sections of the building.
  • Environmental issues that have to be met – site has been vetted by Department of Environmental Protection: by 2005 DEP rules, storm water treatment requires treatment for quality as well as quantity. Storm water treatment for the Recreation Center’s area as well as the school area will need to be incorporated into this project.
  • Rolling topography - many different levels on the site; the existing grade changes approximately 45 feet from the highest point to the lowest.
  • Poor soils that require pile foundations systems; Clay under most buildings; Clay and peat under the parking lots; Ledge on parts of the site.
  • High ground water levels and high quantities of groundwater.
  • Existing structure does not meet current seismic and wind loads.
  • Electrical feeds to the building come from four sources; the high school currently shares a meter with the SP Parks and Recreation – the bill gets split at City Hall.
  • Insufficient Parking: There are currently 245 parking spaces on the school site. City parking ordinance requires approximately 800. The planning board has approved increasing parking to 380 spaces to correct current deficiencies as well as lessen the adverse impact on the neighborhood during events.

 

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ADA, Health, Safety / Security Issues

The High School is an assembly of several wings from different eras, each meeting the applicable codes of the day. To ensure safety and access for the students, staff, and visiting public, this project will provide the upgrades needed to meet current life-safety, accessibility, and building codes.

  • Central entry for students and the public will provide visibility from the Main Office
  • There are currently over 20 active points of entry into the high school.
  • A modern security system will be installed.
  • The school will have the ability to lockdown in case of an emergency.
  • A continuous emergency access drive around the school will enable public safety personnel to monitor the facility.
  • A new bus loop will eliminate potential safety problems on Mountain View Road.
  • The PA system will be replaced.
  • Mold and Air quality issues will be mitigated.
  • Additions and renovated spaces will have improved air quality.
  • Additions and renovated spaces will have improved heating capability.
  • Asbestos abatement will be completed.
  • ADA deficiencies will be taken care of including renovations to bathrooms, locker rooms, elimination of multiple levels without easy ADA access, elevator addition, changes to exterior entrances and signage .
  • Delivery truck access to the cafeteria will be routed to the rear of the facility instead of through student circulation to the cafeteria and the music areas.
  • Student circulation to classes will occur on three main floors, keeping students within the building at all times to get to classes (does not happen now).
  • The fire alarm system will be redone.
  • Smoke and sprinkler systems will be installed.
  • Barrier free parking spaces will be created.
  • Structural upgrades will be completed.

 

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Building Structure & System Deficiencies

The physical condition of the building is poor due to age and inadequate design of certain sections of the building.

  • Weak building envelope – infiltration of water and heat escape make it extremely energy inefficient – very costly to operate – little, if any, insulation in existing window walls.
  • Building lacks a ventilation system.
  • The heating system has long outlived its’ expected life.
  • Beal gym operating systems are outdated, especially the locker room plumbing.
  • Substandard mechanical and electrical systems exist.
  • Building has a structural frame that does not meet current design standards – no lateral structural supports in foundation of Annex.
  • Structural deterioration to parts of the existing building is evident in several locations.
  • The electrical system does not support the current needs; classrooms lack the required number of outlets; electrical circuits are at capacity.
  • The many level changes in the North Annex create barriers for people with physical handicaps making day-to-day use challenging for students, staff, and community members.
  • Congestion within insufficient serving spaces causes crowded lunch conditions.
  • In general, the existing building systems are well past their normal life spans, and need to be replaced in full.
  • Delivery truck access currently causes air and noise pollution into classrooms. These classrooms are located adjacent to and above the delivery route for food to the cafeteria, and paper goods / materials from central receiving.
  • The existing bathrooms do not meet ADA (Americans w/ Disabilities Act) criteria; the plumbing lines are corroded and leak frequently. 

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