Years in the making, city officials say construction for a new school off Boston Avenue to replace the decaying Harding High School is progressing with an anticipated completion date of March 2018 for the $106 million project. The state will cover 78.21 percent of the cost on roughly 17 acres formerly owned by General Electric that was once the site of a major munitions factory. The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection paved the way for construction of a new school nearly two years ago. Read DEEP clean-up decision here.
Initiated during the mayoral years of Bill Finch, city officials say all trade union contracts were issued this month. Finch proposed to rename the school after President Barack Obama, but whether the Board of Education will keep the name or designate a new one is unclear.
The 210,000-square-foot school will accommodate 1,150 students including a football field, baseball field, and eight-lane running track.
In 2013, the city and GE identified a portion of the company’s nearly 77-acre parcel that would be suitable for the construction of the new high school. That same year the City and GE entered into a site access agreement, followed by a remediation plan approved by the school board.
O&G is program manager of the project. Project officials shared some highlights of the construction timeline:
* Construction on the site started in August of 2015
* As of December 2016 ALL TRADES contracts have been issued.
* Grandstand is installed
* Sitework ongoing–99% of the site is at sub grade level with clean soil being placed on the site.
* Site utilities are being installed
* Concrete footings are being installed
* Turf anchor curbing is being installed
* Synthetic turf being installed in Spring 2017
* Structural Steel in fabrication
* GE is working on the Solar Field with completion in mid March 2017
* Construction completion scheduled for March 2018
Bridgeport Hospital adjacent to the current Harding High School would like the property for its expansion plans.