We are pleased to report outstanding progress on the WHS building project as we complete summer construction and prepare for the on-time opening of school on September 8, 2015. Phase 2 work began in June 2015 and will continue through August 2016.
Please join us for informal building tours on Friday, September 4, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and view the parts of the facility completed to date.
Students and faculty will enjoy major transformation this year including:
- Permanent new main entrance and administrative wing
- New dining commons, kitchen, and serving area
- New library/media center, including a creative technology center and study/meeting nooks
- New music suite, including acoustically designed spaces for chorus and band
- Additional modular classrooms by the auditorium.
Expect crews to continue to work through Labor Day weekend to address finishing details.
Significant structural and systems work has been completed or is underway in areas separated from classroom spaces. This work includes HVAC, electrical and sprinklers, as well as the removal of equipment from all basement spaces.
The renovated auditorium will be available for use in early fall 2015. There will be no access to the gymnasium during Phase 2, and all teams, games, and physical education classes have been relocated for this phase.
During Phase 2, the construction crew will access the site from the northwest side and remain separated from students by chain link fence or interior walls during the school year as they work in the gymnasium and C wing areas. As in Phase 1, noise levels and air quality will be carefully monitored to ensure the safety/comfort of students and staff members.
Students will enter the building through the front entrance on Skillings Road, by the auditorium, or through the A/B wing stairs. The rear entrances at the back of the school will not be open. While the Spruce Street entrance will not be available, the Nelson Street gate will be open. Student parking will be in the same parking lot as before, just beyond the baseball field. Access to the school from this lot is via Skillings Road.
We are thrilled to share this project’s progress with the community and look forward to enjoying the new learning spaces this school year. Join us for a tour and please visit www.winchesterhsproject.com for updates and information.
Robert F. Deering, on behalf of the members of the EFPBC