Latest News – Winchester HS Project http://winchesterhsproject.com Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:36:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 September 2017 Update http://winchesterhsproject.com/september-2017-update/ http://winchesterhsproject.com/september-2017-update/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:33:19 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=2155

Did You Know ~
  • You are invited to attend a Ribbon-Cutting and Community Celebration in honor of completion of the Winchester High School rebuild!  Please mark your calendars for this ceremony for Tuesday, September 12, 9:30 am, in front of WHS.  (Since school will be in session on September 12, open houses are planned for October 13 and 14 to allow members of the community to tour the completed space — details to come.)
  • Winchester High School will reopen on schedule for students on Wednesday, September 6 (on Tuesday, September 5 for faculty and staff)!  Exterior landscape and similar site work will extend into the fall to allow for planting that will optimize the weather.
  • Final certificates of inspection for the WHS building have been issued by Winchester’s Building Department, after final walkthroughs early the week of August 28.
  • Student parking will once again be available at Skillings Field this school year, and will continue to be available as work on the baseball play field occurs.
  • This past summer has focused especially on site work, including removal of the modular classrooms that substituted for some interior classroom space during the renovation.  For a fun view of the modular work and departure, check out a time-lapse video prepared by Mike Marcella (WHS ’19) and the WHS Tech Crew at this link:  WHS Mods Move Out
  • This project has taken almost 40 months to construct, after years of planning, design and community support, including a significant tax override approved by 68% of voters in a high turnout election.  Many thanks to Winchester residents and all those individuals who worked on the project for this great accomplishment, and especially to students and staff at WHS and neighbors of the project, who bore the brunt of the disruption.  We hope that all participants in the project — volunteer Board and Committee members, voters and taxpayers, construction and other workers from Consigli (contractor), SMMA (architect) and Skanska (project manager) — are proud of the outcome!
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June 2017 Project Update http://winchesterhsproject.com/june-2017-project-update/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:27:46 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=2101

Did You Know ~

  • The WHS rebuild is nearing the end of Phase 3 – the final phase of the project!
  • Phase 3 interior work in wings A and B is nearing completion.  All new furniture and technology will begin to be delivered and installed over the coming month.
  • The completion of the academic year kicks off the rapid removal of all modular classrooms, and summer work will focus primarily on completing the exterior site work around the WHS campus.
  • Trees are arriving!  Hopefully you have had a chance to see new trees planted both in front and in back of the school, as well as along the perimeter of portions of Skillings Field.  Landscape efforts will continue into the fall for optimal planting conditions.
  • The WHS site will be closed to the public for final construction work beginning on Wednesday, June 28.  All meetings with parents and students will occur off campus, primarily at the Lincoln School Library.  The regular school phone numbers will be in use.
  • To help maintain the Town’s investment in the rebuilt WHS facility, the Town’s Department of Public Works has hired a dedicated facilities manager, who is already on the job to best ensure knowledge and training for managing HVAC and other systems, energy efficiency and general facilities maintenance.
  • With the approval of funding by Winchester’s voters and Town Meeting, final design is underway for an artificial turf baseball/multisport play field at Skillings.  The field is expected to be completed in late November, with parking at Skillings Field open earlier in the fall 2017, as originally planned.

AND …

  • Mark your calendars!  The ribbon cutting for the completed project is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, September 12.  More information to follow, but please plan to come, celebrate, and be thanked for participating in the community’s support!
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March 2017 Project Update http://winchesterhsproject.com/march-2017-project-update/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:50:31 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=2039

Did You Know ~

  • Phase 3, the final phase of the WHS renovation project, continues to move at a furious pace.  Interior drywall, painting and other finishes are well underway in both academic wings.
  • Exterior building finishes will be substantially complete in the coming months.  Current construction activity will lead into a busy summer of bringing the building and site to a successful finish for the start of school in September 2017!
  • Completed new spaces are being well utilized by teachers and students, with science labs being used every day for all types of experiments, inquiries and exploration.  Students are creating amazing products in the technology, engineering and art spaces!
  • As part of the completion of the WHS renovation, a time capsule will be sealed into the building.  WHS students are assembling the capsule’s contents, with the Class of 2017 contributing to submissions from last year’s graduating class.
  • On Skillings Field, removal of excavated soil and installation of a fabric cap (separate from the WHS project) continue.  Rough grading of the baseball field is underway.
  • Although not a part of the previously approved WHS renovation or Skillings remediation work, Winchester registered voters will soon consider a modification to a portion of the work remaining on Skillings Field.  The Board of Selectmen has voted, with unanimous support from the School Committee, to place on the ballot for the Town’s March 28 election a question regarding creation of a turf field at Skillings.  Approval by voters (and subsequently at Town Meeting) would result in a debt exclusion override to local property taxes to fund an artificial turf baseball field, with an outfield that would serve multi-sport purposes.  A “no” vote would result in a grass play field, in accordance with the original plan for Skillings Field contained in the WHS renovation project plan.  For more information, please visit the Town’s web site at winchester.us.
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December 2016 Project Update http://winchesterhsproject.com/december-2016-project-update/ Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:03:54 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1969

Did You Know ~

  • WHS’s renovated gym and new fitness spaces are being well-used by students, faculty and community members for both sports and wellness activities, including yoga, crossfit and meditation during non-school hours and weekends.
  • The new auditorium has hosted a number of successful programs and shows, and students and staff are learning to take advantage of new technology that is available for future performances.
  • On Skillings Field, the installation of the new culvert has been completed (a separate project to support the town’s flood control efforts), and planned soil remediation work is now underway in the vicinity of both the culvert and the parking/baseball areas.
  • Phase 3, the final construction phase, is fully underway.  Exterior and interior framing as well as roofing are near completion.  With the building enclosed, interior finishes may begin.  Exterior façade work will continue over the next few months.
  • A beautiful young oak tree was planted in front of the administrative offices – we can all enjoy watching it grow into a majestic landmark in years to come.  Continued thanks to the community for its support of this project, and especially the neighbors to the construction for their patience!
  • The New Year will bring us completion of the WHS renovation.  The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the opening of school in September 2017 (only eight months away!).

Sincerely,

WHS Project Communication Group

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WHS Project Update: Phase 2 Nears Completion http://winchesterhsproject.com/whs-project-update-phase-2-nears-completion/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:45:09 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1883

Tuesday, September 6th will mark the start of the 2016-­17 school year and the beginning of the third and final phase of the Winchester High School construction project. Winchester residents are invited to meet new WHS Principal Dennis Mahoney and see the completed spaces at the WHS Open House on Thursday, September 1st, from 5­ to 7 p.m.

What spaces are finished?

This fall, WHS students and staff members will fully use most of the shared educational and community spaces. In addition to the dining commons and media center/library (opened last fall), the auditorium renovations have been completed with the installation of both FM and loop assisted listening systems, new seating, fly loft, and new finishes.

Last year’s musicians enjoyed the benefits of several new classrooms. The administrators, nurses, and guidance staff members have occupied expanded spaces to the left of the new front entrance.

Winchester physical education students and teams will benefit this fall from new locker and team facilities, as well as an expanded fitness center. With new, larger windows and an improved, quieter heating and ventilation system, the refurbished gym will be used to host Sachem basketball, wrestling, and volleyball contests this year.

Students and teachers will also use several new core academic spaces, including science classrooms/labs, updated and renovated technology, art rooms, television/media studio, and wood/metal fabrication spaces in September.

At the end of the 2015/2016 school year there was an issue with a back­up in the plumbing system. This was reviewed by the design team and it was determined that the pipes that were clogging would be required to be increased in size from 4”­to 6.”  This work is now complete and the larger pipe is in place.

What is next?

During the last phase of the project, which will conclude in August 2017, construction will focus on renovation of the two main academic wings, improved site parking, and final landscaping. Temporary modular classrooms will be used for most core academic classrooms during 2016­2017, since classrooms on the southeastern side of the building are under construction.

For this school year, student parking will be relocated to the Borggaard Beach parking lot and the access road within the Wildwood Cemetery (Palmer St. entrance) beginning Tuesday September 6, 2016. Students should plan extra time to walk to campus from this satellite parking area. On-­campus parking will be reserved for staff members and on-­street parking near WHS is very limited.

The new WHS facility will be fully completed in September 2017. Residents are encouraged to stay up-­to-­date by visiting this website. Questions or comments should be sent to winchesterhsquestions@gmail.com.

The WHS students and staff members thank Winchester residents for their support of this great project!

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9/1/16 WHS Community Open House ~ Save The Date! http://winchesterhsproject.com/whs-community-open-house/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 03:37:36 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1865

Save The Date!  All Winchester community members are invited to an Open House at WHS on Thursday, September 1, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Come see the areas that were renovated in Phase 2.  More details to come!

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EFPBC May 18, 2016 Meeting Agenda http://winchesterhsproject.com/efpbc-may-18-2016-meeting-agenda/ Tue, 17 May 2016 14:56:37 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1807

The EFPBC will meet on Wednesday, May 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mystic Valley Room in Town Hall (lower level).  Please click the link below for the agenda:

EFPBC Agenda Items_05.18.16

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WHS Open House & Music Concert ~ March 28, 2016 http://winchesterhsproject.com/1755-2/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 02:29:02 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1755

All Winchester community members are invited to a WHS Open House and Music Concert on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Beginning at 5:45 p.m., WHS peer leaders will guide you through the spaces that have been completed as Part of Phase 1, including the new Dining Commons, Library Media Center, Music Suite and Administrative wing, as well as the newly renovated Auditorium. Visit our modular classrooms that house some of our academic classes.

Then, at 7 p.m., take a seat in the Auditorium and be treated to music by the WHS Jazz and Concert Bands and the Winchester Symphony, Sinfonietta and Wind Ensemble.

 

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School Committee Presentation – December 15, 2015 http://winchesterhsproject.com/school-committee-presentation/ Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:04:31 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1683

Winchester High School SC Presentation 12 15 15

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WHS PFA Presentation – December 7, 2015 http://winchesterhsproject.com/whs-pfa-presentation-december-7-2015/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:12:40 +0000 http://winchesterhsproject.com/?p=1680

Winchester High School PFA Presentation 12 7 15

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