Transformation Continues at Florida’s Tarpon Springs High School

TAMPA, Fla. — JE Dunn Construction is continuing work on a sweeping modernization project for Tarpon Springs High School in Pinellas County, Fla.

The $13.8-million overhaul involves new construction, the demolition or renovation of multiple structures, as well as site improvements throughout the campus.

Noteworthy in the scope of services is the construction of a 12,261-square-foot building that will be the new home for Tarpon Springs High School’s widely acclaimed music program. A building formerly used for the program will be demolished.

Renovation activity will include, among other tasks, replacement of flooring and carpet, painting, new doors and hardware sets, canopy installations, new plumbing systems, improved acoustics, updated electrical power sources, new walls and ceilings, and upgraded HVAC systems.

Site improvements will provide courtyards and outdoor classrooms, new landscaping and sidewalks, storm water utility upgrades including improved storm water detention, and modified parking and drive lanes.

The project’s scheduled completion is July 31, 2019, and the architect of record is Rowe Architects of Tampa.

“This project is extraordinary in several respects,” said Curtis DeLaquil, JE Dunn senior project manager. “Rarely does the renovation of a high school involve work at 14 separate campus buildings. The site improvements are also quite extensive —from rerouting and restoring the school’s main entrance, to the unique challenge of removing and replacing the underground storm water piping system through the center of campus. It’s nothing short of a transformational project.”

JE Dunn Construction, founded in 1924, is the 10th largest domestic general building contractor in the nation, providing construction management services through 20 offices nationwide — including Tampa — and self-perform services in select locations. Rowe Architects is a nationally recognized architectural design firm based in Tampa based firm evolved from a practice founded in 1965 by the late H. Dean Rowe, FAIA. The firm has a successful history of providing quality professional architectural services on educational, institutional, commercial, multi-use and historic preservation projects throughout Florida.