Asheville High School and SILSA Construction Updates and FAQ

  • Asheville City Schools is excited about the renovations currently underway on the Asheville High School and School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA) campus. These renovations will result in tremendous improvements to the learning environment for our high school students, educators, and staff. All renovations are scheduled to be completed by spring 2025. 

  • Update on SILSA Offices Following Construction Sprinkler Incident 

    On the afternoon of Thursday, May 9th, during scheduled AHS and SILSA renovations, a ceiling installer crew member hit a high ceiling upright sprinkler head that was located on the floor below the auditorium. As a result, this caused flooding and damage downstairs in the SILSA offices. No one was harmed during this incident and immediate action was taken to shut down valves and remove water. There was water damage to desks, printers, and computers, which will be replaced on behalf of the construction agency. Servpro has inspected the condition of the space as well as installed high-powered fans to immediately dry and remedy the damaged area. Vannoy Construction has reiterated the importance of sprinkler head safety to all construction crew members and plans to review best practices with staff in light of this incident. AHS and SILSA renovations will resume as planned.

  • Renovations scheduled to be completed:

    • Critical updates to replace the water and sewer infrastructure
    • Campus security upgrades including site fencing and access control gates
    • HVAC pipe replacement in the Arts building
    • Varsity Gym floor replacement, bleacher replacement, and lighting upgrades
    • Main building Auditorium renovations
    • Asbestos removal (beginning summer 2024 while students and staff are out of the building)

     

  • Progress Report: Week of May 17th

    Auditorium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • Pannel mounted
      • Transformer mounted 
      • AV room rough in
      • Stage rough in
      • High lights are on
      • SILSA offices patched and taped and mudded
      • Removed dehumidifiers and fans from SILSA
      • Changed out drops for new sprinkler heads in high ceiling
      • Installed new unit ventilator on stage
      • Fire caulking stairwells 
    • Projected Activities for Upcoming Weeks:
      • Complete catwalk speaker rough in's
      • Complete prime and first coat on high/mid walls
      • Spray high ceiling
      • Plastar repair
      • Final coats on high ceiling
      • Infill catwalk
      • Rework scaffolding
      • Repaint SILSA offices
      • Deep clean SILSA
  • Progress Report: Week of May 4th, 2024

    Auditorium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • DMX cable pulled to high lights
      • Roller shades rough is complete
      • New stage and rigging components are installed
      • Lights delivered
    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • AV rough-in in projection/attic 
      • Under balcony rough in ongoing 

    Gymnasium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • New floor installation
      • Paint and finish complete

     

  • Progress Report: Week of April 27, 2024 

    Gymnasium renovations

    • Completed:
      • Sanding and decals ongoing 

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Floor sealing 

    Auditorium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • Hang/tape/finish high ceiling ongoing
      • Installed high lights
      • Removed unit ventilator 
      • Replaced exisiting control values for AHU's
      • AV rough-in in projection/attic
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    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Complete hang/tap/finish on high ceiling 
      • High wall plaster repair
      • Rough in for motorized shades
      • Ongoing AV rough in
      • Stage rigging 
  • Progress Report: Week of April 19, 2024 

    Gymnasium renovations

    • Completed:
      • Install flooring

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Sand floor
      • Seal/paint floor

    Auditorium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • Insulation installed
      • Cut and added caps to old radiator lines
      • Changed control valves 
      • Insulated duct drops
      • Repair work for AHU's ongoing
      • Whips for high ceiling lights
      • Light delivery
      • Drywall delivery

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Hang drywall/ACP
      • Ongoing stage rough in
      • High ceiling light install
      • Rough in motorized shades
      • High/mid wall plaster repair
      • MEP in high ceiling
  • Progress Report: Week of April 12, 2024 

    Gymnasium renovations

    • Completed:
      • Slab remediation for moisture content 

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Add floor boxes at bleachers 
      • Install flooring

    Auditorium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • Framing complete
      • In-wall rough in ongoing
      • OH ongoing
      • Stage rough in
      • Unit repair work ongoing
      • Installing duct drops in high ceiling 

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • OH rough in
      • Insulate ceilings
      • Stage rough in
      • Rough in motorized shades
      • High/mid wall plaster repair
      • MEP in high ceiling 
  • Progress Report: Week of April 5, 2024 

    Gymnasium renovations

    • Completed:
      • Finished new lights 

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Slab remediation
      • Add floor boxes at bleachers 
      • Install flooring

    • Schedule: 
      • Delay due to moisture content in the slab exceeding 84% rH

     

  • Progress Report: Week of March 29, 2024 

    Gymnasium renovations

    • Completed:
      • Removed flooring
      • Installed cages on lights

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Slab remediation
      • Install new gym flooring
      • Build scaffolding for last 4 lights on 2nd floor


    Auditorium renovations:

    • Completed:
      • Ongoing stage rough in
      • High ceiling demo complete 
      • Cove lighting demo
      • Roller shade demo
      • Interior door demo
      • Supply and return demo

    • Projected activities for upcoming weeks:
      • Mock-up for ACP and plaster
      • Motorized shade rough in
      • Cove lighting rough in
      • Drop sprinkler heads high ceiling and under balcony
      • Roller shade build-out