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Concrete blocks turning into walls as school project rolls on

September 20, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Dual worlds exist at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, where students learn inside and construction crews work outside.

Concrete block continues to form a 106,000-square-foot addition to the circa 1960 building.

"We've got some brick going up," said Caroline Dean, the school district's business manager.

She said the workers will continue to focus on floors and walls in the near future.

"We're reasonably on schedule," Dean said.

A groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 9 officially launched the $46 million renovation and expansion project, although asbestos removal had commenced before then. More asbestos was removed this summer.

"In the existing building, there were things done to save time at the end of the project," Dean said.

The end has been estimated as being in April 2009.

The addition will increase the size of the building by 60 percent, making it 283,000 square feet and four levels. A separate entrance on the new section will allow secure public access to the new gymnasium and auditorium housed in the addition.

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The school's existing media center will become classrooms and the cafeteria will be a library when the project is completed. The existing gym will be two floors of classrooms.

Small excavators moved around the athletic fields on the opposite side of East Second Street this week, continuing to enlarge and improve the athletic fields there. A new athletic field has been created between the middle school and high school.

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