Georgetown District High

 / Occupied Construction


Avinash Garde, Anil Gokarn / Snyder Architects

Georgetown District High

“Construction was divided into phases and structured so that new spaces were able to meet the school’s academic needs while existing areas were being renovated.”

Avinash Garde, Principal

This project was a major retrofit of a 125 year-old facility, including abatement of hazardous substances without any disruption to the rest of the occupied, functioning school. Our unique solution was to utilize our modified construction management delivery method which allows parts of multiple construction contracts to be commenced as and when approvals were secured.  

Construction was divided into phases and structured so that new spaces were able to meet the school’s academic needs while existing areas were being renovated.   Major structural and mechanical and engineering work as well as asbestos abatement and other high risk work was scheduled over the summer months when students and staff were away. Safety and continuity of school circulation patterns was carefully considered while isolating existing areas for ongoing renovation during the school year and continuously tweaked through construction.   There was not a single day lost to construction, nor were any health and safety policies of the school impacted.