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Announcements, Timeline & Updates

the homestead high school additions and renovations project

August 5, 2020

Southwest Allen County Schools officials and administrators, along with local community partners, officially broke ground on the Homestead High School (HHS) Additions and Renovations Project. The symbolic ceremony, held on Homestead’s Varsity Baseball Field, officially begins the highly anticipated $169 million, four-year project that will result in an essentially new high school building without changing the tax rate.   

April 24, 2020

“Hunker Down Indiana” may have closed SACS buildings, but the design and planning of the Homestead High School (HHS) Construction Project has continued remotely. MKM Architecture + Design’s Dodd Kattman and CSO architecture + interior design's Jim Funk presented the latest design proposals of what HHS might look like when construction is completed at the April 14 school board meeting. The exterior renderings of the addition and renovation incorporate the interior construction plans shared with our community in December 2019. 

Multiple stakeholders have been involved throughout the design process and has included input from staff, students and local community partners. While aesthetics are important, the proposed design addresses safety and the needs of our students and staff inside and outside the school.  Specific design details and elements remain fluid and are subject to change as the design process continues.

SACS $169 million plan renovates and expands Homestead High School on its existing site and is set to begin late summer 2020.  The project is expected to take four years to complete.

December 2019

The Homestead High School Construction Project momentum continues…

At the December 17, 2019, SACS School Board meeting, SACS’ Jim Coplen, Owner’s Representative, and partner representatives from Hagerman, CSO Architecture Interior Design, MKM Architecture + Design, and Performance Services, presented the latest Homestead High School Project design development plans. 

While extensive progress is evident in the attached illustrations, specific design details and elements remain fluid and are subject to change as the design process continues.

Highlights of the design presentation:

  • More than 384,000 sf of total new construction
  • More than 333,000 square feet of renovated space
  • Classroom clusters indicative of a 21st century learning environment
  • Collaborative work spaces
  • New auditorium
  • New music and performing arts spaces
  • Competition gym
  • Indoor PE and running track
  • Relocation of CMT, Impact, and Health Clinic

SACS is committed to transparency as the HHS Construction Project progresses and will continue to share new information as it becomes available.

September 27, 2019
The first phase of the schematic design process is coming to a close. Below is a link to a Homestead High School (HHS) bubble diagram which illustrates the footprint of the building and the intended usage of certain areas.

The classroom clusters are indicative of two or more classrooms in those designated areas.  This design is preliminary and subject to change as we continue through other phases of design.

The building will accommodate 3000 high school students with adequate and appropriate classroom and instruction spaces as well as common student areas.  It also accommodates our excellent co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities.  We are examining the traffic flow, both human and vehicular, as the site plan is being established.

We are now ready to move into the next design phase (Design Development) which will help our professional partners develop more details within the building and the site.  They will do this by meeting with the applicable stakeholders and users of the building. 

As promised, we will continue to be transparent and share the progress of the HHS Construction Project as new information becomes available.

July 2019
July 1, 2019 - After 23-years as Southwest Allen County Schools' (SACS) Business Manager, Jim Coplen has been appointed to a new position within the school district. Coplen will now serve as SACS Owner's Representative for the Homestead High School Construction Project. In his new role centered around project management, Coplen will coordinate, facilitate, oversee and monitor the design, procurement and construction phases of the upcoming building project on behalf of SACS. 
June 2019
June 19, 2019 - At the June 18, 2019 SACS School Board meeting, the Board of School Trustees approved the recommendation from the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) Evaluation Committee to pursue a contract with Hagerman Inc.