WEST CHESTER (March 26, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Avon Grove School District will receive more than $1.3 million in state funding to construct a new high school that will be a LEED Gold certified high-performance building.
The funds, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s High-Performance Building Program, were approved today by the Commonwealth Finance Authority.
“Environmentally friendly, and sustainable school buildings are better for both the environment and for taxpayers bottom lines,” Dinniman, who serves Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “These funds will support the construction of a new state-of-the-art LEED-certified high school and I look forward to its completion for Avon Grove students and families.”
Under the project, the existing Avon Grove High School, which was constructed in 1957, will be restructured and renovated into a middle school for grades 6 through 8.
Meanwhile, a new 305,000 square-foot high school will be constructed off Sunnyside Road. The project will include an efficient thermal building envelope, efficient LED lighting systems with daylight sensors, energy efficient individually controlled HVAC system, and a 450kw photovoltaic solar array. The project will reduce electric usage by 1,125,117 kWh, representing a 32.2 percent reduction from grid electricity. In addition, natural gas usage and water consumption will be reduced significantly for a savings of more than 16 percent and more than 31 percent respectively.
Alternative and Clean Energy Program funds will be used to help offset the costs associated with the construction of the new school including foundations, structural steel, concrete, roofing, wall assemblies, finishes, plumbing systems, HVAC systems, and considerations such as food service and similar areas. The total project cost is estimated to be $106.4 million. Avon Grove School District will provide $104,459,925 in matching funds.
Although the existing school, located at 257 State Road in Penn Township, has been renovated multiple times, most recently in 2008, there are ongoing space and infrastructure concerns for the expanding student body and community.