By Roxanne Squires
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — JE Dunn Construction’s Tampa, Fla., office is transforming a 57-year-old career and technical education center into the first full-time technical high school for Pinellas County Schools in Florida.
The $13.2 million project at Pinellas Technical High School at Seminole involves the construction of a 34,335-square-foot, two-story building, with classrooms, administrative offices and kitchen and cafeteria areas. It also includes renovating 26,250 square feet of standing classroom and administration buildings as well as making site improvements to the 42-acre campus.
Pinellas Technical High School (Tech High) is for students interested in a challenging high school experience that will prepare them for a career and college, according to the school’s website. Students at Tech High participate in hands-on activities and collaborate on meaningful projects that train them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.
As a result of this project, Tech High will better facilitate enrollment growth with its new schedule of full-day classes, with a curriculum that includes the full spectrum of courses needed to graduate from high school as well as honors and advanced placement classes. The school’s technical offerings will cover building trades and construction design technology, commercial and digital arts, electricity, nursing, veterinary assisting, and game or simulation programming.
The new facility, which will be replacing the Career Academies of Seminole, is expected to open August 2018.