The Chesterfield County School Board on July 12 adopted a prototype design for the four elementary schools that will be built in the next 32 months. Using the same design for multiple schools will save money and time as Chesterfield County Public Schools moves forward to build a new elementary school (Creekside) in the Midlothian District and build replacements for Beulah, Enon and Matoaca elementary schools. The construction is part of the bond package approved by Chesterfield County voters in 2013.
Nine companies submitted design proposals, and RRMM Architects won the contract with a one-story design of almost 85,000 square feet that will accommodate 750 to 778 elementary students. Design fees for the first use of the prototype, which will be for the Midlothian area school, will cost $879,198; design fees for the three other uses will cost $598,382 each. The contract awarded to RRMM Architects on July 12 totals $4,660,514, which is well within the budget of $10 million for design services for all four schools.
Color schemes for the new buildings are expected to match existing color schemes, except in the case of the new Midlothian school. Community members will be asked to help choose the colors for that school’s façade during meetings that will be scheduled in August.
More information, including details about what the contract includes, is available here: www.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ABMKGM4D7248.