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PHOTOS: A Look at the New Waterford High School

A photo tour of the new $67 million to the Waterford High School and some quick facts about the building.

Tuesday, the School Building Committee gave a tour to about 20 elected officials of the $67 million high school project.

The project remains under budget, and students should move into the new building in April. Then, much of the old building will be demolished.

The building, much like other schools the town has recently built, will be LEED certified. Here are some interesting tidbits Patch learned on the tour:

-There is a switch on every window in the building, so if a person opens a window it tells the heating and cooling system to stop either heating or cooling that one room.

-The flooring will be what is crudely described as a carpet, but is actually a vinyl with a rubber-like layer that appears to look like carpet. Water and other liquids will actually puddle on top of the flooring, instead of settling in like they would into carpet, which makes cleaning easier and reduces mold.

-The building is three stories. The bottom floor is composed mainly of the cafeteria, the media center and technical education classrooms. The second is mostly English and social study classrooms and the third floor is mostly math and science classrooms.

E Waldron October 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I use the pool during the week. Some observations that make it very hard to say well done: Rain water still pools at the bottom of the ramp to the pool house from the parking field - Dangerous situation for the winter months. Temporary chain link fencing supported by the exterior lighting at the foot of the ramp - only a good plan if you are looking to energize the fence, the floor drain in the pool area shallow end still does not work - water pools here after every event slip and falls are likely to happen, the ladies locker room toilet has been out of service for over 3 weeks - what's with that? The school must know the sings has been up for weeks. I'd love to see the Safety Consultants Survey Report and the contractors Punch List. THis is only one small area, what would a full survey reveal. No wonder they are under budget. Student safety should be a priority, not an afterthought. With school in session the school needs to hire a professional safety consultant to determine if there are conditions, circumstances and practices that present hazards to the students and residents of Waterford.
Daniella Ruiz October 17, 2012 at 05:56 PM
oh joy, claims of 'underbudget' to keep the taxpayers at bay. ok, how much ? $100 bucks? $10,000 bucks? $100,000 bucks? where's that extra cash going to end up? unspent money just laying about among politicians who know nothing else but how to spend spend spend, temptation! perhaps a personal Reiki massage for the dogs in the terrible pound?
Paul Petrone October 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Daniella, Right now, there is $1.7 million in unauthorized funds. However, there are going to be things that come up, like there is on any construction project. They have to demolish the old school, and they could run into some asbestos they weren't expecting and then have spend dollars abating that. Or all the potential site work and a hundred other possibilities. So while there is $1.7 million in unauthorized dollars, it would be naive and essentially inaccurate to report that the project is $1.7 million under budget. Here's the best I can tell you. When the project is complete, I'll have the exact dollar amount. And if there are any big add-ons or change orders, I'll write about them.
Alan Wilensky October 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Any money that is unspent on any of the school projects decreases the amount of money that the town needs to bond in order to pay for the building. All expenditures are approved by the School Building Committee. The only expenses authorized are those that are needed as a direct result of the needs of the building, or by request of Town of Waterford agencies. Money is not authorized for expenditures that are not directly related to the project. Alan Wilensky, Chairman, Waterford School Building Committee
David Rush March 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Will Waterford residents be able to use the track? It would be nice to bring my son and daughter jogging with me so he may learn to love it as my wife and I do.

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