McDONOUGH — MEJA Construction Inc., based in Peachtree City, was awarded the construction bid for McDonough High School last week.
MEJA was the lowest bidder at $52.3 million for the construction of the new school to be located at Ga. Highway 155 and Postmaster Drive.
Josh Malcolm, director of Henry County Schools Facilities and Maintenance, said the final estimate was more than the district expected, but that they’re anticipating a lower cost for the middle school construction when bids are solicited.
Malcolm said the high school bid includes grading for both the middle and high school locations and athletic fields.
He said the new school exterior will be “very prototypical” as other schools with the same octagon shape, number of classrooms, canopies, windows and athletic wing. Inside, however, the design will depart somewhat from other district schools. Those changes include building the media center in the middle of the school, with the counseling offices moved to the front of the building and a single point of entry to the school. Malcolm said the single-point entry will allow the school to have better control over access to the building.
Construction is expected to begin in July. The new high school will open for the 2019-20 school year.