Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Westports School Building Committee has announced it will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the alteration and expansion of Staples High School on Tuesday, July 1, at 4:30 p.m.
The first phase of the $74 million project is expected to be completed in 2005. Students will continue to go to classes as the construction takes place around them.
Plans call for a three-story, 265,000-sq.-ft. addition that will enable the high school to house 2,000 students. Current capacity is 1,100 students.
Also, 205,000-sq.-ft. will be renovated or expanded. This will consist of auditorium renovations and food service, cafeteria and media/library center expansions.
The new addition will house most of the high school’s major academic functions and educational spaces for after-school continuing adult education. The new administration section will be located at the main entrance.
The program will also include green design aspects, such as photovoltaic cells, and “smart building” concepts, including wired and wireless computer Intranet and Internet networks.