WHS Project Update: Phase 2 Nears Completion

by WHS Project on August 25, 2016

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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