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Information fair gives public chance to view, comment on State High project

Working proposal for the site design of the State College Area High School project.
Working proposal for the site design of the State College Area High School project. Drawing provided

The community will have an opportunity to speak directly with the faces behind the State High project later this month.

Representatives from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, school board members and district staff members will answer questions at the State High Information Fair on Oct. 29.

Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates is the architectural firm designing State High. District Business Administrator Randy Brown will discuss the project’s finances.

“We hope people go to the website to check on updates about the project, but these types of sessions are to have more direct engagement with people that want to learn more and have their input heard,” Sara Brennen, the school district’s website and social media coordinator, said. “We want to span the gamut of everything as a way to let people come in and actively learn in person from everyone that’s been working on the project.”

The public will be able to review the current designs for the project, ask questions and provide feedback at the fair, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at the State College Area High School South Building auditorium and cafeteria.

The design team, financial and district staff members will discuss the floor plans and educational model, construction phasing and student impact, the relocation of the Delta Program, the project’s financing, the site plan and LEED/sustainability and mechanical systems.

Brennen said the fair is a way for the public to review the project team’s designs, which are about 30 percent complete. Similar fairs may be held at 60 and 90 percent completion.

“I think what we’ll do is tweak the process to see what best serves the community,” Brennen said. “I know we’ve talked about doing some other things, too. We’ve talked with the board about doing a live tweet session when we have more concrete design plans. We’ll also update the project’s website and blog, too.”

Light refreshments will be served at the fair.

For more information about the fair, contact Brennen at spb30@scasd.org or 231-7718. Information about the project also is available at www.scasd.org/statehighfuture.

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