The District has engaged with HHSDR Architects, a Pittsburgh-based firm, to develop a comprehensive Feasibility and Facility Study to determine future plans for the School District. The Feasibility and Facility Study focuses on the primary and elementary school buildings as well as additional projects in the District based of the age of the buildings and structural needs.
Athletic Facilities Update: The Shaler Area School Board voted on Nov. 11, 2015 to commence the design to replace the running track surface and to install artificial turf on the playing field at the Titan Stadium facility on Mt. Royal Blvd. The projects will be funded from a bond issue in the spring of 2016, which will alsop finish the funding for the Rogers Primary School Project. During the Nov. 11 meeting, the school board also appointed HHSDR Architects/Engineers and JT Sauers & Associates LLC as the design professionals for the project. The school board also approved McIlvried, DiDiano & Mox, LLC to provide professional survey services at the Titan Stadium site; GeoMechanics Inc. to provide geotechnical engineering services for the Titan Stadium site and Churches Engineering LLC to inspect and evaluate the light poles at Titan Stadium.
The proposed timeline for the Titan Stadium improvements is as follows:
June 6, 2016 - Start stadium turf replacement
August 1, 2016 - Begin track resurfacing
September 16, 2016 - Complete track and turf improvement project
Rogers Primary School Update: Shaler Area School District held a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, to review the proposed Rogers Primary School project and solicit public comment. Additional information on the project can be found here:
Please note: To protect the safety of our staff and students, pages that contained photos and drawings of the buildings' interior layout have been removed.
The Shaler Area School Board voted on Aug. 19, 2015 to authorize HHSDR Architects and Engineers to proceed with the schematic designs to demolish and construct a new Rogers Primary School. The Board approved McIlvried, DiDiano & Mox, LLC to provide professional survey services at the Rogers Primary site to start the process.
On Sept. 16, 2015, the School Board authorized the District to incur a non-electorial debt by the issuance of General Obligation Bonds in the amount not to exceed $10 million for the purpose of constructing a new Rogers Primary building. This is the first of two anticipated bond issues for the Rogers project.
The Rogers project timeline included collecting input from staff and administration in October and November and the public meeting on Oct. 28, 2015 to collect input from the community. (The full presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link to the right.) HHSDR anticipates construction to start May 2016 with a December 2017 completion of the new school building.
The School Board based its decision on months of discussion and presentations, the most recent being Aug. 12, 2015 that outlined the options of a complete renovation of the building and constructing a new building on the site. The Aug. 12 presentation to the School Board is available under the "Improvement Options" menu tab to the right. To protect the safety of our staff and students, pages that contained photos and drawings of the buildings' interior layout have been removed.
During the May 27, 2015 Feasibility Study meeting, HHSDR Architects presented two options for the District, estimated costs of each project and a sample time table for the projects' completion. (The full presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link to the right.)
The current options being considered by the School Board are as follows:
- Option 1A: Renovate all Elementary Schools; Close Jeffery
- Option 1B: Renovate all Elementary Schools; Build new schools at the Reserve and Rogers sites; Close Jeffery
- Option 1A and 1B: New turf and track at Titan Stadium; New Titan Stadium building
The cost estimates for each option are as follows:
- Option 1A: $60,899,000
- Option 1B: $75,779,000
- Option 1A and 1B: New turf and track at Titan Stadium = $1,475,000
- Option 1A and 1B: New Titan Stadium building = $1,734,000
A special School Board voting meeting was held on June 10, 2015 at which time the School Board approved HHSDR as the architect of record for the upcoming Rogers Primary project; authorized HHSDR and administration to submit a PlanCon application to receive reimbursement from the state for the upcoming construction project; and approved Piper Jaffray as the investment banker for the upcoming bond issue relating to the Rogers Primary project.
The previous options that were considered as part of the Feasibility Study can be seen below:
- Option 1: Renovate and maintain all Primary Schools
- Option 1a: Renovate and maintain 4 Primary Schools; Close Jeffery; Improve the Titan Stadium track, install a turf field, improve concession stand/lockers/restrooms; Install a new track at the Elementary School; Install a new roof and boiler at the Elementary School (added at the Jan. 21, 2015 meeting)
- Option 2: Renovate 4 Primary Schools; Close Reserve
- Option 2a: Renovate 4 Primary Schools; Close Jeffery (added at the Jan. 21, 2015 meeting) The committee requested HHSDR provide more information and hard numbers regarding this proposal at the April 22 meeting.
Option 3: Renovate 3 Primary Schools; Close Reserve and Jeffery (eliminated at the Jan. 21, 2015 meeting)
- Option 4: Renovate 2 Primary Schools; Build 1 new Primary School at the Rogers site; Close Reserve, Jeffery and Rogers
- Option 4a: Renovate 3 Primary Schools; Build 1 new Primary School at the Rogers site; Close Rogers and Jeffery (added at the Jan. 21, 2015 meeting)
Option 5: Renovate 1 Primary School; Build 2 new Primary Schools; Close Reserve, Jeffery, Rogers and Marzolf (eliminated at the Jan. 21, 2015 meeting)
**A copy of the original Feasibility/Facility Study completed by HHSDR Architects can be viewed by clicking on the links to the right. To protect the safety of our staff and students, pages that contained photos and drawings of the buildings' interior layout have been removed.
***A copy of the Feasibility/Facility Study summary presentation that was discussed at the August 27, 2014 meeting can be viewed by clicking on the links to the right.