Phoenixville Area Middle School project comes in under budget

PHOENIXVILLE — The Phoenixville Area Middle School construction project is coming to an official close with the district’s entire secondary campus construction program coming in roughly $1 million under budget.

The secondary campus construction project totaled $56 million and featured the building of a new middle school, administration building, new athletic fields and general improvements to the infrastructure around the campus.

Paul Slaninka, giving the building and grounds committee’s report, told the rest of the Phoenixville Area School Board at its workshop meeting last Thursday that the project will close out $879,000 under budget, approximately.

“There may be a couple final change orders that would come through,” said Executive Director of Operation Stan Johnson. “I can’t sit here and say ‘There won’t be any more,’ but nothing of any magnitude.”

The middle school is the crown jewel of the project, costing $46 million and featuring a state-of-the-art auditorium and gymnasium.

Johnson said there are some ongoing issues that are being addressed, such as a leak in the roof in the auxiliary gym, but the contractor came back in at no additional cost and “we think we have a fix.”

The building, which is designed to accommodate 1,100 students, opened in September. Last summer, Superintendent Alan Fegley said there were 800 students of middle school age in the district so the extra space provided some “room to grow.”

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