After years of careful planning, overwhelming community support through a successful override vote, and intense construction preparation activity, the Winchester High School reconstruction project will begin in earnest on Thursday June 26th. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2017.
Construction is planned for three phases, each approximately 14 months:
Phase 1: June 2014-August 2015
Phase 2: June 2015-August 2016
Phase 3: June 2016-August 2017
Here is some important information for this summer:
Staff, students, parents and community members should see preliminary activities on the site beginning this week as some construction office trailers are arriving.
Consigli Construction, the construction management company, will begin some “grubbing and clearing” in the areas between the Gymnasium and Auditorium and between the Library and Auditorium. This preliminary work will begin the week of June 16th between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
On June 26th the community can expect an increased level of activity across the entire site, with the entire school site restricted to construction work only beginning July 7th.
WHS Access &Temporary Space at Lincoln School:
No staff, student or community activities are scheduled for WHS this summer. Consigli Construction will take charge of the WHS site on June 26th.
Parents who have business at WHS between June 26th and July 3rd may access the Main office at the entrance located between the A and B wing pods. Thereafter, the WHS site will not be accessible to the public for the remainder of the summer.
From July 7 until August 18, WHS administration and support staff will be relocated to temporary summer space at the Lincoln School. Parents who have questions for summer staff or who need to register new students may do so at the temporary office location.
The main WHS telephone number will be forwarded to Lincoln. Summer contact information for high school staff working at Lincoln will be listed on our website beginning July 7th.
Scope of Summer Construction Work:
The construction work planned for this summer will be focused on: installing the pressure injected footings (pifs) that will support the three new additions; demolition and asbestos abatement work; installing eight portable classrooms; reconfiguring some areas inside the current building for additional “swing space;” and some site work at both the WHS and Skillings Field sites.
Summer construction work hours will generally be 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Because extensive work is necessary this summer, neighbors should expect construction workers to be on site on Saturdays. Saturday construction will not start prior to 8:00 am.
All construction traffic will access the site from Skillings Road; there will be no construction traffic or access to the site from neighborhoods behind WHS. All construction parking will be limited to the WHS site and accessible only from Skillings Road.
Because of the design and nature of this project, many trees (approximately 90) on the high school site must be removed, most of them this summer. However, when the project is completed, well over two hundred trees will be planted throughout the high school grounds as part of the final landscaping design.
Beyond the Summer Work:
We will regularly communicate with staff, parents, students and the community at key milestone points in the project. Look for a communication in August with an update on the summer work and a “look ahead” to what the school community can expect for both the opening of school in September and the fall months.
Please continue to visit this website for information and updates.
The WHS Project Communications Working Group
WPS: June 16, 2014