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Community : Top Stories Last Updated: Apr 29, 2014 - 7:59:43 PM

New high school plans unveiled
By Elizabeth Bush
Apr 29, 2014 - 7:56:34 PM

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The new flagship high school planned for the Daniel Island and Cainhoy communities is poised to serve as a “shining star” for the Berkeley County School District, and will include a number of unique features different from those found in traditional schools.
Plans for the $63 million school and campus, to be located in a wooded area off Clements Ferry Road, were unveiled at a community meeting held on April 24 at Cainhoy Elementary Middle School. Design ideas and conceptual layouts for the facility were presented by the architectural firm hired by the district - McMillan, Pazdan, Smith Architecture.
The 214,999 square foot building will feature a total of nine academies/themes, including business and hospitality, health science, arts and humanities, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math), performing and visual arts, and physical education/ROTC program. Plans also call for a full athletic stadium, baseball and softball fields, practice fields, a field house, and outdoor learning center.
Construction on the building and campus area is set to begin in 2015, with completion by August 2017. Based on information provided by BCSD, the school will open with approximately 600 to 700 students, with plans to accommodate 1400 to 1600 at core capacity. According to the presentation at last week’s community meeting, the site will feature multiple buildings in a single project that are “organized to create a pedestrian-oriented campus, in which the framing of open space by landscape and building mass is as important as the design of the buildings themselves.” The district purchased the land for the 100-acre campus for $5 million from the family of the late Harry Frank Guggenheim, who originally amassed some 15,000 acres of property on the Cainhoy Peninsula. Another parcel nearby is expected to be donated by the Guggenheim family for the construction of a new middle school (the facility will likely expand to serve grades K-5 as well). Of the $63 million total price tag, $6 million is expected to be spent on site development, $41 million on building construction, and $12 million on athletic facilities.
For additional information and to view complete plans for the campus, visit

Cainhoy/Daniel Island High School Building Timeline

Design and Permitting    2014-2015
Building Construction    2015-2017
School Occupancy                 August 2017

Estimated Project Costs
Site Development        $6,152,000
Building Construction    $41,409,000
Athletic Facilities        $12,305,000
*Miscellaneous        $4,000,000
projected TOTAL    $63,448,000
*soil improvement, contingency and contractor fees.

Specs/General Information
Square Footage    214,999
Academies  9
Architect     McMillan, Pazdan, Smith Architecture
Contractor  Thompson Turner Construction
Student Capacity   1400 - 1600
Opening day students**   600-700


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