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Hearing set for Career and Technology Center plans

July 06, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Conceptual plans for the renovated and expanded Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center show a glass-and-metal accented annex that can be seen from U.S. 11.

A public hearing on the $15 million plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 23. The Pennsylvania Act 34, or "Taj Mahal Act," hearing will be held at the career center.

Joshua Bower from Mechanicsburg, Pa., architect Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, told the career center's joint operating committee recently that the two major design goals were creating a hi-tech look, and blending the old and new portions. The same brick will be used to blend the two parts.

Chambersburg Area School District will have an academic center in the renovated facility. A covered corridor will give those students access to the career-training classes.

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Bower said the corridor will have a band of windows, but he wants to avoid too many windows for fear of creating an undesired effect he saw in a Lehigh County, Pa., facility.

"They did basically a greenhouse design. ... It was a lot of glare," Bower said.

The construction project is tentatively scheduled to go out for bids this fall.

Steps will be taken this year to provide natural gas service for the building, which currently uses propane. The career center's estimated portion of the price tag for the lines under U.S. 11 is $27,000.

The career center serves students from Franklin County school districts, as well as some from Gettysburg (Pa.) Area High School. It opened in 1969.

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