The Iowa City school board voted Tuesday night to hire a firm to design a new high school in North Liberty.
The district will retain SVPA Architects Inc. out of West Des Moines. The company will be paid $2.43 million, which is 4.12 percent of the $58.9 million budget for the project.
The new high school is to be built at the intersection of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road. Construction of the school building is scheduled to start in spring 2015 and be finished in 2017. Construction of outside athletic facilities and a bus maintenance facility is to start in 2018.
The school is to initially have room for 1,000 students, with a 500-student addition planned to get underway in 2021. The contract with SVPA Architects does not include the addition.The district has nearly 12,900 students in its classrooms this school year, and enrollment is projected to increase to 16,400 by fall 2023.