Renovating Havre de Grace High School would involve 32 months of construction, according to a report from Grimm + Parker Architects.
The agency presented four options this month to the Harford County Board of Education for handling the school's aging infrastructure: renovation, modernization, modernization with Congress Avenue closed and replacement. The board is scheduled to vote on one Monday, Dec. 3.
Under the renovation plan, most classroom spaces and the auditorium would remain, and the following changes would take place:
- An elevated walkway would connect the two Havre de Grace High School buildings above Congress Avenue. To build the walkway, interior walls would need to be demolished and reconfigured. A walkway across Juniata would be considered.
- Administrative offices near the school's entry would have additions built on.
- The one-story technology wing would be demolished and a two-story classroom wing would go in its place.
- The cafeteria would be demolished and a new one would be built facing the industrial areas on Bourbon Street.
- Where the cafeteria was demolished would become a new entry point for the school off Pennington Avenue. Parking on Congress Avenue would be reconfigured to allow for car and bus drop-off on Pennington, with buses traveling through Adams Street. Some parking would be added near the southeast part of the site.
Construction Time: 32 months
Opportunities: Proposed changes would improve traffic circulation and correct most building code and safety deficiencies.
Challenges: The plan does not meet all Harford County Public Schools requirements for space; the gym, for one, would be 51 percent of the approved size. During renovations, students would need to be moved into portable classrooms. Fifty-one parking spaces would be eliminated, leaving a total of 117 spaces, which is below the required amount and would require a variance.