Geiger Brothers has started additions and renovations of the old Beverly Hills Middle School in Huntington, West Virginia, as it transitions to a new Cabell County Incubator School.
The new incubator school will consolidate Peyton Elementary and Geneva Kent Elementary in the east end of Huntington. The former Beverly Hills Middle School facility had been vacated in December 2013 upon completion of a new Huntington East Middle School.
Renovation of the Beverly Hills building is expected to be completed in the late winter of 2015, with consolidated elementary students reporting for school there upon return from Christmas break at the beginning of 2016.
Under its contract with the Cabell County Board of Education, Geiger Brothers is responsible for building retaining walls; widening roads and enlarging parking areas; concrete foundations and slab-on-grade for new additions; a new addition for extending the cafeteria; a new addition for a stairwell connected to the existing building; renovation of the existing building (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, roofing, concrete patching, glazing, masonry, walls, ceilings, floors and cabinetry); specialties such as restroom accessories (dryers, dispensers, mirrors, signs) and metal lockers; doors, frames and hardware; finish paving and artificial turf.
Cabell County School officials describe the new school as an “incubator” based upon its experimental approach into the expeditionary learning model that inspires and empowers teachers to unleash the potential of their students. Officials expect the new school – the first in the state – to be an example for others to use in developing similar expeditionary learning environments.
Expeditionary learning is characterized by fewer lectures and high levels of student engagement. Content standards are embedded into expeditions which help students learn through hands-on experience. For example, long-term student projects in different subject areas may include participation in water analyses, community building safety assessments and environmental studies, and then providing reports of results to agencies of responsibility.