Halfacre Construction Company has been awarded the contract to construct a new 21,000-square-foot building for Wimauma Elementary School in Hillsborough County.

Built to educational standards, the new addition will house more classroom space for the school’s students. The campus’ existing buildings will remain operational.

“At Hillsborough County Public Schools, we are projecting a need for nearly 38 new schools in the next 15 years to keep up with the number of new families moving into our school district and particularly into the south side of the county,” said  Carin Hunt, project administrator for Hillsborough County Public Schools. “The classroom addition, being built by Halfacre Construction Company and designed by Hepner Architects, will provide additional student stations to relieve overcrowding at nearby schools and provide a more cohesive learning environment to meet the needs of families in the Wimauma community.”

Built-in 1926, Wimauma Elementary School once served grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, but now houses grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Located at 5709 Hickman Street in the small, rural town of Wimauma, the neighborhood elementary school serves a diverse student body of close to 600 students.

Construction on the $5.4 million project is scheduled to start in fall 2020 with a projected completion date of summer 2021.