ABC Metro Washington recently recognized West Springfield High School with an Award of Excellence in their annual Excellence in Construction Awards.
Built in 1966 and previously renovated in 1991, the school facility has evolved over the years to meet increasing enrollment and an expanding curriculum. The most recent multi-phased renovation brings the school up to the modern standards for programs, systems, and teaching concepts and comprises a comprehensive renovation that touches all areas of the 288,000 sf school. Building additions of approximately 110,000 sf include a relocated main entrance to the school and a “fly-over” science lab addition.
The 30,000 sf third-story was created on top of the existing building to house the 18-lab addition featuring chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science labs. Other additions include administration, library, classrooms, and music department wing.
The main gym was enlarged to accommodate additional bleachers and an additional exercise room. Several spaces including the weight, gymnastics, dance, and art rooms housed within the existing building were improved by replacing the existing roof structure with a higher structure to provide greater room volume and natural light.
Athletic fields were also re-imagined by realigning some of the fields, providing new lighting on the fields, two new press boxes, and a combined storage area into a single, cohesive storage building—educating the body as well as the mind. Additional site work includes reorganizing traffic flow and parking to provide better on-site circulation.
West Springfield High School remains an important part of the West Springfield community of students, parents, and faculty, and the most recent renovation ensures that all members of that community can “Dream Big, Work Hard, Be Proud.”
Congratulations to all involved for this recognition!