ASHS Additions and Renovations Blog Posts

August 6, 2020

New drone footage from July 11th shows the latest progress on the Abington Senior High School Additions and Renovations project. It’s hard to believe that just last summer, the classroom addition was not much more than a frame of steel beams. The drone takes you into the second floor of what will be the Stephen A. Schwarzman Center for Science and Technology, and provides a brief peek into some of the classrooms that line the main corridor. Some of the walls have even already received a coat of paint.

 

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.