Board chooses firm to design new schools

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K. Norman Berry to build Northside, Southside

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education finally settled on an architect for the district's two new building projects.

K. Norman Berry Associates has been selected to serve as the architect for both the new school on the Southside location and the new early childhood center at the Northside location.

The firm, located at 611 W. Main Street in Louisville, has worked with several other school districts, including Jefferson County since 1988, Anchorage since 1999, Oldham County since 2000 and Bullitt County since 2003. The firm designed the North Oldham middle school renovation out of existing buildings and built Harmony Elementary, also in Oldham County, in 2005, which in 2006 received the Energy Star Award from the state for being one of the most energy efficient new schools.

“Choosing the architect came after much deliberation on the part of a committee and the School Board,” said Kerry Whitehouse, the district’s assistant superintendent of operations. “All wanted to ensure the right firm was in place for these next two projects, which not only address potential growth in elementary students but also the need for expanding our early childhood learning services.”

Whitehouse went on to compliment the firm and its work in education.

“We valued K. Norman Berry’s background in school facility construction and the references that were provided from school districts that used the firm. One of the key factors was the K. Norman Berry has recently worked on projects similar to the two under way in Shelby County…both from the preschool standpoint as well as the building a facility on property where a school remains in operation during the construction [which is planned for Southside].”

Steve Eggers, who will be in charge for K. Norman Berry, said the firm is looking forward to the job.

“We are thrilled to be involved with SCPS and are very interested in working with the growing system. We are impressed with their facilities and want to add to their existing designs.”