ASHS Additions and Renovations Blog Posts

June 29, 2020

Drone footage published in the last blog post highlighted some of the recent updates in the Abington Senior High School Additions and Renovations Project, and the below photos also capture the latest progress.

Interior photos of the main hallway (across from the library), which will be home to the expanded area for the Counseling Department. These photos were taken just prior to the closure of schools and the suspension of construction in March. 

Photos of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Center for Science and Technology, including a first-floor hallway view and a second-floor classroom view. 

Photos showing the widening of Ghost Road and Highland Avenue.

Photo of the auxiliary gymnasium.

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Photo of the main entrance and expanded administrative area.

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June 23, 2020
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Shown here is the new main entrance to Abington Senior High School (entering at the auditorium lobby, adjacent to the administrative and guidance office areas).

While schools in Pennsylvania were closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after a temporary hiatus, the Governor and Pennsylvania Department of Education gave clearance for critical public school construction projects to continue during the spring — which included the Abington Senior High School Additions and Renovations Project. These operations were given permission to resume as long as decisions appropriately balanced public health and safety, while ensuring the continued safety of critical infrastructure.

In consultation with Abington School District’s project management firm, SiteLogIQ, construction was able to safety resume at Abington Senior High School. The various construction teams working on the project were willing to return and had safety plans in place to do so, as required by the Montgomery County Department of Health. These plans included the submission of a schedule of work, in addition to mitigation measures in order to protect workers and the public. 

To see the progress that has been completed since the last blog update in March, watch the following drone footage for a side-by-side comparison.

April 1, 2020

Did you know? Abington Senior High School added a Drone Club earlier this school year, following a new policy from the Board of School Directors regarding the use and operation of the equipment on school property. One of the first flights of the drone in early March at ASHS included a flyover of the Additions and Renovations to Abington Senior High School, showcasing the classroom addition and construction of the administrative wing. Watch below.

March 27, 2020

Due to Governor Wolf’s March 19th order to close all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Abington Senior High School Additions and Renovations Project was unfortunately placed on hold until further notice. We will provide additional updates on the impact of this order on our project timeline as they become available.

Prior to the suspension of construction, at the March 10, 2020, meeting of the Board of School Directors of the Abington School District, Mr. Alfred Howard, Director of Facilities, and Mr. Damian Spahr, of SiteLogIQ–formerly Reynolds–provided an orientation on the Abington Senior High School Additions and Renovations Project, including information regarding phasing schedules for the project. Mr. Spahr shared that the Stephen A. Schwarzman Center for Science and Technology was 65 percent complete as of the date of the meeting, while the new auxiliary gymnasium was 25 percent complete.

We look forward to the construction team getting to pick up where they left off once it is safe for operations to resume.

March 2, 2020

As we approach the opening of the expanded administrative areas at Abington Senior High School, construction on a different area of the building began shortly before the holiday season: the construction of the expanded athletic wing. In addition to crews building onto the current gymnasium, new spaces will also be constructed below the existing gym and pool areas in order to include an auxiliary gymnasium and a brand new weight room. This means that like Abington Junior High School, which has smaller gymnasia in addition to the main gym, Abington Senior High School will have added options that are designed to hold other indoor sporting events like volleyball. This will allow for multiple events to be scheduled at the same time, which will benefit our athletic teams and the broader community who use our facilities. As construction on this area continues through the spring and summer, expect the road between the gymnasia and stadium to remain closed for scaffolding and other equipment.

Below you will find photos of the foundation and footings of the auxiliary gymnasium.

Moving over to the other side of the building, new windows have been installed in the administrative wing, adjacent to the auditorium lobby, and brick that matches the original Senior High building has been added to the facade. Stay tuned for interior photos from the main hallway across from the library, which will be coming soon.

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