Norfolk chooses Ballard Construction to build schools

WAVY/Walter Hildebrand
WAVY/Walter Hildebrand

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk has decided to team with S. B. Ballard Construction Co. to build five new schools for the city.

City Council announced during a meeting Tuesday night that it approved a memorandum of understanding, giving the city and school system the green light to work with the company to construct the schools.

Owner and CEO of the company, Steve Ballard, told WAVY.com he is a Maury High School graduate. He said, from discussions with the city, he believes the plan is to build Campostella (K-8) first immediately so it can be functional quickly. Then Broad Creek would be built, followed by Camp Allen (K-5), Ocean View (K-5) and Larchmont (K-5).

Ballard said the construction of Camp Allen would be paid for primarily by federal funds and the city’s budget for the four other schools would be about $88 million.

Establishing the programs for the new schools is particularly important to the city, Ballard said. A STEM program is being considered for Campostella and an ID program for Broadcreek.

Three local architectural firms are working with Ballard on the design for the schools, and he said the goal is to have all five completed within the next four to five years.

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