West Springfield High School
General ContractorHenley Construction
TypeK-12 School
ArchitectDowney & Scott LLC

The Future West Springfield High School

The 2016-2017 school year brought tremendous changes to West Springfield. Sparta was created – with over 50 classrooms, bathroom facilities with hot & cold running water, an administrative trailer and water stations. Important water trenches were dug, pipes added and then the areas were recovered. A retaining wall was built and our parking areas were adjusted (additional parking was added by the cafeteria and in the lane by Rolling Road – while much of our large parking lot and the upper lot were engulfed by construction materials and activity). Most of the construction activity is going on behind the temporary walls that divide the existing building.

Renovation is an estimated cost of $82,958,090, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Program. An outdoor teaching pad has been added to the redeveloped courtyard area. The new library and main office suite are taking shape while the schools 3rd floor science areas is an exciting area to see develop and the view from the top of the stairs is dramatic. There will be a “new” path and gate soon for pedestrians to enter the schools campus from Center Road. It has been staked and will soon be accessible for students. This access pathway will join the schools park area to an outdoor lunch courtyard. The schools roof has been completed along with the new wrestling room addition. This addition also includes some athletic offices, storage and a technology lab. These spaces will be ready for school use mid-year next year. Next to the new wrestling room wall, preparations are being made for a new hallway (this will cut into the rooms on the back hallway where windows were removed last summer). The hallway will be added during the construction work completed this coming summer.

Scope of Work,

General Contractor Henley Construction asked our team to use a combination of a fluid applied air barrier and a air barrier transition membrane. The primary function of a building has long been to protect its occupants and contents from outside elements. Increasingly, this goal of a fluid applied air barrier is to expand to include protecting the building and its systems from damage as well as minimizing the building’s energy use and environmental impact. By providing a seamless building envelope commercial air barrier systems can eliminate uncontrolled air leakage, reducing energy use and providing better control of temperature, moisture, air quality and humidity in the schools structures.

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