May 2 dedication set for renovated, expanded Waynesboro high school

April 22, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area School District will host a building dedication May 2 for the renovated and expanded high school.

Almost 41 months since school officials broke ground for the project, the public ceremony planned from 2 to 4 p.m. will serve as the symbolic transfer of the building from the architects and construction crews to the school district. Superintendent James Robertson said they might hand over keys or a plaque to mark the occasion.

"We have some punch list items, but pretty much everything is done," Robertson said of the construction.

Crews from Lobar Associates Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa., and subcontractors added 108,000 square feet to the existing building, which opened in the 1960-61 academic year. A new, three-court gymnasium and 1,600-seat auditorium were built.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony will include Principal Christopher Dennis, board member K. Marilyn Smith, a student, a teacher and state Sen. Richard Alloway, according to Robertson.


"After that, we'll have students around to give tours," he said.

The tours won't be formal; guests can explore parts of the school at their leisure, Robertson said.

The $46 million construction project converted the school into four levels. The existing portion of the building on East Second Street was last renovated in 1989.

Construction workers transformed the old auditorium into a cafeteria and the old cafeteria into a library. They drilled 310 holes for a geothermal well tied into the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The renovation made air conditioning available in the entire building.

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