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Construction phases move forward

By: Cheyenna Pirkey and Lily Ockerman

 

Waynesboro High School is undergoing a series of renovations. The renovation as a whole has been split into three phases; some of which will result in the demolition of certain areas of the school while other areas will be added onto. All three phases are planned to be completed by July 15, 2020.

Phase one will include updating the 1930’s* and 1950’s** wings of the school and is anticipated to be finished by the time students return from winter break. In addition to that, Waynesboro Public Schools bought the old News Virginian building across the road, which will provide a new workspace for the CTE classes. This is beneficial because while construction is occurring, a total of six classrooms are lost, which results in teachers having to share rooms during their planning periods. With some teachers moving to the new space, the number of available classrooms will increase.

Alongside a new workspace, there will also be a crosswalk added between the high school and the new CTE building to ensure that students can cross the road safely. Bryan Stamm, one of the assistant principals at Waynesboro High School, said that safety is key; it is the number one priority.  

Phase two of the construction will result in the demolition and reconstruction of the 1970’s*** wing. This phase will result in the construction of a new 3 story classroom addition, as pictured below.

The third and final phase will be the construction of a 1,500 seat gymnasium. This phase is the most awaited phase and is planned to take the longest.

“Phases will overlap, there’s no doubt about it”, said David Nobles, the construction project manager. As with any project, delays are expected to occur. In fact, Nobles says, “It’s not getting a quick start,” so the completion dates may end up changing.

Another factor that could potentially affect the date of completion is the fact that there are no red-line drawings from previous contractors. A red-line drawing shows the changes to a previous drawing. In fact, Waynesboro High School has been renovated multiple times. However, the companies that completed the renovations in the past did not include drawings to show changes to the previous drawing of the building, so this could potentially be an issue for the construction workers that are completing the current project.

 

*1930’s- First to second floor from little gym to front office and Ms. Hellerman’s class to the library

**1950’s- First to second floor from Mr. Johnson’s class to Ms. Coyner’s class

***1970’s- First to third floor from old counseling offices to art rooms

Construction timeline Graphic created by: June Johnson and Lily Ockerman

Construction timeline
Graphic created by: June Johnson and Lily Ockerman

Phase two includes the construction of a new three-story classroom addition. Photo credit: The News Leader

Phase two includes the construction of a new three-story classroom addition. Photo credit: The News Leader

 

3 Responses to “Construction phases move forward”

  1. Kelly Shaw says:

    Wonderful article!

  2. Mrs. Richmond says:

    This excellent article is very clear, well-written, and informative. Thanks!

  3. Deborah Watson says:

    Excellent article and very informative! I learned several new things.

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