Holland Construction Services was selected to complete a $16 million addition and renovation project at Wolf Branch Middle School.
The middle school closed in 2017 after significant settlement caused by the collapse of an abandoned underground coal mine was discovered. The collapse resulted in cracking and buckling of floors and walls inside the building, forcing the school’s closure. Construction will include a new 44,000 square foot addition, as well as renovations to 18,000 square feet of the original part of the structure that remains.
Renovations will happen on the east side of the remaining building and will include new administrative offices, along with band and choir rooms. The new addition will feature a gym and locker rooms, a multipurpose room that will house the cafeteria and kitchen, a stage, and a media center/library. The new section will include poured, tilt-up concrete walls for the large volume spaces and load-bearing masonry construction for the locker rooms and kitchen area. When complete, the locker rooms will also function as a hardened storm shelter.
The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2021.
"It’s exciting to see things move forward and we feel very confident in Holland’s ability to make this building safe again for our students and staff. The silver lining in all of this is that, with Holland’s help, we were able to really think about the needs of our teachers and students and include some modern and functional design features, such as the storm shelter, that will make this a very nice addition when complete."
-Scott Harres, Superintendent, Wolf Branch School District #113