Upper Dublin High SchoolK-12
New High School
Fort Washington, PA
The project consisted of 3 phases in order to keep the students on campus and in portions of the existing building and new additions as construction progressed.
Phase one of the project included the Athletic Wing and was completed in 12/2009. This area consisted of a main gymnasium with seating for 1,500 spectators, a natatorium with a 10 lane, 35 meter swimming pool and expanded balcony seating area, an auxiliary gymnasium, a weight training/fitness room, a wrestling room, and trainer/team rooms in the locker area.
Phase two of the project included the academic wing and was completed in 1/2011. This consisted of full wireless access, 45 classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a media center/library, a guidance suite with administrative offices, an expanded science lab facilities, and a state-of-the-art technology forum room for large group instruction and video conferencing.
Phase three of the project included the auditorium and visual/performing arts wing and was completed in 8/2012. This area consisted of the auditorium, a black box theater, rehearsal areas for band, chorus, and orchestra, performing arts classrooms, a television studio, and administration offices.
The new school features enhanced music spaces, enlarged performing-arts facilities, expanded science labs, an expanded swimming pool facility, additional physical education facilities, up-to-date technology, greater safety and improved heating and cooling systems.
The project achieved LEED-Gold certification in lieu of the projected Silver. Green features include a geothermal system with 305 wells 400 ft deep, heat recovery units, lighting control with occupancy sensors, reflective coating on the roofs and 3-in. sprayed insulation on the exterior walls.
Skepton Construction demolished the former high school to make way for the new high school and recycled materials. Concrete-related waste was crushed onsite and used as fill and to construct the new building pad.