November 4th, 2016
Safety fencing has been put in place, temporary power line poles have been installed, and machines are grading the area for the addition.
September 28th, 2016
DACC held the official Groundbreaking Ceremony to kick off construction work for the renovation/addition. Representing DACC, SHP Leading Design, and Elford Inc. on the shovels are:
- Ted Backus, DACC Board Member
- Jim Hildreth, DACC Board Member
- Ed Bischoff, DACC Board Member
- Tom Kaelber, DACC Board Vice-President
- Julie Wagner-Feasel, DACC Board President
- Mary Beth Freeman, DACC Superintendent
- Chris Bell, DACC Treasurer
- Jack Higgins, DACC Director of Operations
- Gregg Gaber, SHP Leading Design Managing Principal
- Carrie Malatesta, SHP Leading Design Senior Interior Designer
- Eric Bull, Elford Inc., Executive Vice President
- Jim Smith, Elford Inc., CEO
Sheriff Russ Martin addressed the attendees along with DACC Board President, Julie Wagner-Feasel and DACC Superintendent, Mary Beth Freeman. DACC Food Service and Culinary Arts students provided refreshments. DACC Law Enforcement students greeted guests and escorted them through the rain.
August 18th, 2016
SHP Leading Design presented the DACC Board of Education with a virtual walk-through of the newly renovated building. All furniture and interior decorations are placeholders only.
July 21st, 2016
Representatives from SHP Leading Design and Elford Construction presented updates on the building project to the DACC Board of Education. At this point in time, the design phase is 70% complete. Timelines have been established as to when specific areas of south campus will be renovated. This timeline has been scheduled around instruction with minimal disruption to students. Select south office staff will temporarily move to the north campus while the south campus is being renovated.
SHP presented updated renderings of the site plan and interior and exterior preliminary designs. The updated site plan adds a detention pond in the South East corner to allow more space for the fire training grounds in the North East corner. The plan includes a great deal of natural and diffused light into the building while the interior focuses on flexible space for future use.
Elford is working on cost estimating and taking opportunities to shrink the schedule where possible. One such example is purchasing prefabricated electrical to save time on installation.
April 25th - 28th, 2016
SHP Leading Design met with lab and academic instructors to review classroom settings in more detail. Instructors provided input about where furniture and equipment will be placed, how students will flow in and out of their classrooms, where locker and storage spaces will be, and addressing any and all safety needs. Feedback from DACC staff and instructors has been a valuable part of the design process.
April 21st, 2016
Following an extensive stakeholder and community engagement process,the Delaware Area Career Center Board of Education approved the schematic design. In total, the facility features 118,816 square feet of hands-on learning labs with an additional 105,958 square feet of academic core spaces.
Members of each program, including staff and administrators, as well as community and business leaders, have been actively involved in the design process to create customized spaces suited to the needs of the program and the industry as a whole.
A number of site access and safety enhancements will be made to accommodate increased traffic flow on the site. The direct access path to US Route 23 on the west side of the building will be removed and a new Glenn Parkway access road will be created on the east side of the existing parking lot. This new Glenn Parkway entrance will serve as the primary entrance and exit route for buses and adult students. The existing parking lot access road south of DACC on Glenn Parkway will remain and serve as the primary entrance for students and faculty. Pedestrian traffic will be altered as well with separate entrances for high school students and adult students.
April 13th, 2016
SHP Leading Design presented further updates of the schematic design to the DACC Board of Education. The BOE will be voting on the final schematic design at the upcoming April 21st board meeting before entering into the Design Development stage.
Elford Inc also presented updated estimated costs to the BOE and expressed confidence that the project is projected to remain in budget. At this point, there are many opportunities to make cost-cutting decisions.
March 9th, 2016
SHP Leading Design presented updated drawings to the DACC Board of Education that included the overall site plan, new entrances that have been reviewed with city agencies and emergency services, and inspiration for the beginnings of interior and exterior designs. The new site plan removes the drive that exits directly onto State Route 23 and adds a driveway along the back of the building. These changes were in response to DACC BOE comments at the February work session.
March 8th, 2016
SHP Leading Design continued to meet with DACC staff, including non-instructional staff such as Maintenance, IT, Student Services, the Cafeteria, and the Media Center. Throughout this process, every department has provided input regarding the future of their space.
February 23rd, 2016
DACC Superintendent, Mary Beth Freeman, held an all staff meeting to present the preliminary building design that the DACC Board of Education saw on February 10th.
February 15th, 2016
Members of the DACC Administrative Team met to review changes made since the board meeting. Preliminary designs for the interior and exterior were also presented.
February 10th, 2016
SHP Leading Design presented a preliminary site plan to the DACC Board of Education. This was the first time the BOE had seen preliminary designs. The BOE had time to voice comments, questions, and concerns. The next opportunity for the BOE to see updated drawings will be March 9th at the March work session.
February 3rd, 2016
The DACC Administrative Team reviewed changes to the preliminary building layout.
January 26th & 29th, 2016
Lab and academic teachers reviewed building plans for the first time to discuss overall locations of class spaces. SHP Leading Design also interviewed teaching staff about the way curriculum is delivered and the wants and needs they have for their programs.
January 22nd, 2016
Members of the DACC Administrative Team discussed the preliminary building layout. Topics at this meeting focused on parking lots, bus routes, and keeping student and community entrances separate to increase safety.
January 21st, 2016
The DACC Board of Education voted to approve the construction document with SHP Leading Design. This document included the budget amount of $45 million.
December 9th, 2015
SHP Leading Design gave a presentation to the DACC Board of Education at a special meeting.
November 19th, 2015
The DACC Board of Education approved the contract with Elford Construction.
November 11th, 2015
SHP Leading Design gave a presentation to the DACC Board of Education at a work session.
August 31st, 2015
DACC Administration held a second Facebook Q&A to discuss the facilities project.
August 27th, 2015
The DACC Board of Education selected Elford Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk at the August board meeting.
August 25th, 2015
DACC Administration held a community form at the north campus to discuss the facilities project.
August 13th, 2015
DACC Administration held a Facebook Q&A to discuss the facilities project.
August 4th, 2015
DACC Administration held a community forum at the south campus to discuss the facilities project.
August 3rd, 2015
The DACC Board of Education held interviews for the Construction Manager at Risk at a special meeting.
May 21st, 2015
The DACC Board of Education selected SHP Leading Design to provide design services for the facilities project.
April 29th, 2015
The DACC Board of Education interviewed potential architects at a special meeting.
March 10th, 2015
The DACC Board of Education authorized the Construction Manager at Risk process for the Consolidation of Facilities Project at a special meeting.
December 18th, 2014
The DACC Board of Education voted to consolidate the high school and adult education programs at the south campus location. This decision was based on a year-long study that included meetings with focus groups, facility studies, and input from associate districts. Benefits to moving to the south campus include:
- The location is visible and easily accessible to the community, an attribute that external focus groups determined was essential.
- The land provides more options for expansion.
- For each district, travelling to south campus either cut down on travel time or made little-to-no negative impact on travel time compared to travelling to north campus.
- South campus is near the center of Delaware County.
December 10th, 2014
At the December work session, the DACC Board of Education reviewed the site analysis and discussed topics such as development space, parking capacity, building height restrictions, and set back restrictions. The Board of Education also discussed the site options and the pros and cons of each option. At this stage, the options were to renovate/build at the north campus, renovate/build at the south campus, or start at a new piece of land.
November 12th, 2014
The DACC Board of Education reviewed the facilities report and a site analysis at a work session. Topics discussed included site development, programming, logistics, and information that came from the focus groups.
October 8th, 2014
Quandel Enterprises presented a Facilities Assessment to the DACC Board of Education at a work session. They discussed factors to consider, overall planning, and possible funding.
Internal and external focus groups were held to discuss what education looks like today and what it will look like in the future. These groups provided valuable insight that led to many of the decisions that would be made in the future.
DACC requested that a feasibility study be conducted on the existing space at both campuses. This feasibility study kicked off the discussion of whether or not the DACC Board of Education could pursue combining campuses and lasted approximately one year.