New Delmae construction celebrated
Neither the cold nor the rain dampened the enthusiasm last Thursday for the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Delmae Heights Elementary School. Underneath a large white tent, adjacent to the current Delmae Heights Elementary School, the Florence One Board of Trustees hosted a symbolic groundbreaking for a new Delmae. This event is the first project in Phase Two of Florence One’s school building facilities plan.
Already under construction, the new facility is expected to be completed by June of 2017. Hal Fuller, architect with FW Architects, designed the 115,000 square foot facility with the latest technology and security systems available. The new school boasts core and classroom spaces which will accommodate 1,200 students including a 6,000 square foot cafeteria, a 4,100 square foot state-of-the-art media center, and 3,900 square foot multi-purpose room with stage.
The new elementary school will have separate wings to accommodate students at each grade level. The kindergarten/first grade wing has separate playground areas, as well as a separate drop off and pick-up area for parents. The main core of the building will include art and music classrooms, science rooms, computer labs and administrative areas. The building is designed to accommodate after-school programs in the multi-purpose room and cafeteria while still being able to secure the rest of the school after hours.
The present school structure will remain in operation during the construction of the new facility, which is being built behind the existing school. Once the new school is completed, the existing school will be demolished to provide parent pick-up and drop off drive lanes with a car-stacking depth of over 2,000 feet as required by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.