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GHS will move into new building for fall

Students will have classes in the new part of Greenfield High School this coming fall. Recorder/Paul Franz

Students will have classes in the new part of Greenfield High School this coming fall. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — The architect team constructing the town’s new $66 million high school is set to turn the building over to the town on July 31.

As the finishing touches of the new school sections and auditorium are made this month, the school department will be able to move furniture into the new part of the building, said Josiah Herbert, project manager for Shawmut Construction and Design.

Dore and Whittier is serving as project architect along with construction manager Shawmut Construction and Design. Construction Monitoring Services is coordinating the project.

Students will be studying in new classrooms this fall while other school operations will be located in temporary facilities in the northeast part of the building.

When students and faculty return this fall, they will be using only the new 160,525-square-foot building which includes a two-story structure made up of classrooms, the library, an administrative wing and a boiler room and custodial area.

As students work in their new classrooms during the upcoming school year, they will be seeing much of the old high school demolished. The rest of the new building will be constructed in its place.

As demolition occurs, the science classrooms and band and chorus space will move to a temporary home in the northeast section of the current building. A temporary corridor will connect the new building with the old one.

It will be the first time Greenfield High School students will be attending school in an entirely new building in 56 years. It has been a long process to reach this point — the Greenfield School Building Committee formed in 2010 to consider what do with the old building.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268 on Twitter, follow @RecorderKatMcK

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