Five-year, $72 million renovation of Historic Handley High School Nears Completion

The five-year, nearly $72 million renovation of the 1920s-era Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia will wind down in the coming months. The renovated school offers a modern, expanded learning environment that doesn’t compromise the historic integrity of the landmark building.rnrnHoward Shockey & Sons served as the construction manager for this project, comprised of 272,000 SF of historic renovation and a 40,000 SF addition. The largest construction challengernwas the school district’s mandate to keep the school operational at all times during the five year construction schedule. The phased renovation involved a complex sequencing puzzle, involving 1,200 students (plus faculty and staff) and 50+ contractor teams on site.rnrnOutdoor landscaping and hardscaping will be the last major components left to complete. This spring, work began on the Handley project’s fourth and final phase, which includes:rnrn- Construction of a roughly 24,000-square-foot courtyard between the gymnasium and original school building.rnrn- Landscaping on the hill behind the school.rnrnVMDO of Charlottesville, VA is the project architect.rnrnSource: Cynthia Cather Burton | The Winchester Starrn