WEST FORSYTH — The Forsyth County school system is one step closer to having all five of its high schools under some form of construction.
The Board of Education approved the hiring of BRPH Architects-Engineers on Thursday for construction and renovations projects at West Forsyth High School.
BRPH, the firm that built West, will be paid $284,000 for its design and engineering services.
The project, which is expected to cost about $4.4 million, includes a 7,500-square-foot instrumental band room and a 2,400-square-foot choral room addition.
Also coming are modifications to the former choral space for two computer labs totaling 3,000 square feet and a 1,820 square-foot art lab.
In addition, the project includes modifications to the former auto lab for a 3,400-square-foot engineering lab, a cafeteria restroom addition and a front vestibule security entrance.
West opened in 2007 and is the second-newest high school in Forsyth County after Lambert, which opened in 2009.
Its two-story design was a first for the county, though Lambert mirrored the prototype.
At the end of last school year, West boasted the third-highest enrollment in the county at 2,269 students.
The project is expected to be completed by August 2017.