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Penns Valley High School renovations making progress

by on December 07, 2017 9:37 AM

SPRING MILLS — Progress continues on a major renovation project at the Penns Valley High School in Spring Mills.

Construction began in June on a $15.5 million project, which includes an upgraded auditorium with a set construction area, a new band room, changing and storage rooms, new counseling, nurse and principal offices, a secure entryway, a renovated library with small collaboration spaces, new paint, door hardware and lockers throughout the building, a renovated cafeteria, air conditioning throughout the building and a new 1,200-seat gymnasium.

Roof trusses recently have been put in place for the new gymnasium, which, according to district superintendent Brian Griffith, will be 12 feet longer and 20 feet wider than the current gym. The new gym will include an entrance ramp for access for those with disabilities, as well as a concession stand, restrooms and an access hallway from the existing building.

Griffith said the new band room is progressing, with the room’s heating system currently being installed and a concrete floor is being poured in the new office area.

Construction continues on the new front entrance area, which features a raised roof area. Brick facing is being added to the front walls to match the building’s existing facing. Workers are moving rapidly to complete this task before sub-freezing winter temperatures set in.

Construction is planned to continue in phases through December 2018, with minimal disruptions of the classroom environment.


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