Modernization Project

Florida High School Begins $48.5M Renovation Project

Clearwater High School, part the of Pinellas County School System in Clearwater, Fla., has officially begun a $48.5 million modernization project. The school was originally built in the 1950s, and the project will involve demolishing 17 buildings around campus, constructing seven new ones, and renovating five more. The school system is working with the architecture firm Hepner Architects, Inc. and general contracting firm JE Dunn to complete the initiative.

The new construction will house amenities like an administration suite with multi-use collaborative space, a Central Energy Plant, a cafeteria, a media center, science classrooms, general classroom learning suites, ESE classrooms, and a new parking lot to be used for the school’s driver’s ed course. The football stadium will also get a new entrance and new synthetic turf for track and field facilities.

Renovation and remodeling work will include a new exterior and interior paint job; installing new HVAC equipment and flooring; converting classrooms into a new Family and Consumer Science room; and adding new ceilings, lights, flooring, and windows to several buildings. The plan also features a beautification element to the part of campus facing Gulf to Bay Boulevard.

JE Dunn Vice President Jake Nellis expressed enthusiasm that work on the project is finally underway. “We’re excited to be part of this significant renovation that will have a tremendous impact on the community,” he said. “The new fa├žade will in fact be remarkable and will be a landmark in the [Tampa] Bay Area.”

The work is currently scheduled to be finished in fall 2023.

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