Updates on the Two Interconnected Middle Schools

Construction Progress as of June 16, 2021

F&G Elevator Pit
F&G Elevator Pit


F&G  Underground Plumber
F&G Underground Plumbing


F&G Underground Plumbing
F&G Underground Plumbing


 
A&B Foundations
A&B Foundations



A&B Foundations
A&B Foundations


Geo Thermal Well Drilling
GEO THERMAL Well Drilling



Well Field
Well Field


To see RYJ Presentation to the School Board, click here.

Construction Progress as of May 5, 2021 

Foundation work has started as well as other necessary ground work including excavating piers and geo-thermal well drilling.

Work on Foundation

Foundation work

work on foundation

block work has begun

foundation work

excavating piers
Excavating Piers

Geo Thermal Well Drilling
Geo Thermal Well Drilling

To see RYJ's Board Presentation for this progress in May 2021, please click here.

Preparing the Land for the Foundation of the Two New Interconnected Middle Schools

Richard Y. Johnson & Son, Inc. is the construction management company for the two new interconnected middle schools on Pat Lynn Drive.  

The photos below show the progress on site as of April 21, 2021.

The Demolition part of the project is complete
The Demolition part of the project is complete.

Stripping topsoil
Topsoil was stripped as part of sediment control on site.

Building pad
A building pad was created to prepare for the foundation.

Stormwater Pond
Work was done on the stormwater pond.

Rebar for Foundations
Rebar on site ready for the construction of the foundation


Storm Pipe installed
Work was done to install storm pipe.


Foundation Layout
The foundation has been laid out on the building pad and concrete work has already begun!

To see RYJ's board presentation on this progress, please click here.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Monday, March 22, 2021, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the construction of the two new interconnected middle schools on Capital's Pat Lynn Drive property, attended by dignitaries and other members of the community as well as district staff.  Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson, Interim Superintendent of Capital School District, officiated, and Mr. Aduwumni Kuforiji, Interim Superintendent, organized the actual groundbreaking and who would take part.  The photos below give a glimpse into the day which also included a performance by Dover High School's Rolling Thunder drumline and the Central Middle School Choir.

Site of New Interconnected Middle Schools
Sign on the Pat Lynn Drive where the two new interconnected middle schools will be build.


Rolling Thunder
Dover High School's drumline, Rolling Thunder, opened the ceremony with a rousing performance.

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson at Groundbreaking Ceremony
Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson, Interim Superintendent, officiated at the Groundbreaking Ceremony


Dr. Jackson-Short, School Board President
Dr. Chanda Jackson-Short, President of Capital's School Board, spoke during the ceremony.


The Central Middle School Chorus
The Central Middle School Chorus performed during the ceremony.


Mr. Ade Kuforiji, Interim Assistant Superintdent
Mr. Adewunmi Kuforiji officiated over the actually groundbreaking.



Groundbreakers Group 1
The School board, Dr. Henderson, Miss Shanianne Benson, a student from South Dover Elementary (who will be in the first class to attend the new interconnected middle schools in 2023) and Mr. Kuforiji broke ground during the ceremony.


Dignitaries participate in the groundbreaking ceremony
Senator Trey Paradee (with his dog), Representative Bill Bush, City of Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen,  City of Dover Councilman Fred Neil, City of Dover Councilman Ralph Taylor, City of Dover Councilman Roy Sudler, Dr. Wilma Mishoe (Delaware State University) and  City of Dover Councilman Gerald Rocha took part in the groundbreaking.


groundbreaking with RYJ, architects, Elliot and Dr. H
Mr. Greg Moore, Mr. Brad Hastings, Ms. Nancy Gribeluk,  Mr. Armando Nazario, Mr. Dean Johnson, Mr. Mark Johnson and Mr. Brad Cowen with Dr. Henderson and Mr. Elliot Harden break ground.


Capital School District Administrators
Capital Administrators - Mr. Paul Dunford, Ms. Mary Cooke, Mr. Ben Wells, Ms. Shan Green, Mr. Charles Sheppard and Mr. Jim Mark break ground with Dr. Henderson and Mr. Kuforiji.


Last dig at the groundbreaking
Mr. Elliot Hardin used heavy equipment for the last dig during the groundbreaking. 


Mr. Elliot Hardin, Capital Buildings and Grounds
Mr. Hardin in the cab of the equipment.


Capital School District Administrators
Capital School District administrators pose for a group photo.

Early Site Work on the Property at Pat Lynn Drive

The initial site work involved removing trees and the old tennis courts as well as leveling the ground.  New trees will be planted on the property.

early site work

early site work

early site work on Pat Lynn Drive property

earth movers on property

Gravel on roadway to site

The Design of the Two New Interconnected Middle Schools

Below is an image of what the entrance to the interconnected schools will look like.

Front entrance "drawing" of the two Interconnected Middle Schools

To learn more about the design of the schools click here.

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