Last Friday I had the privilege of taking a tour through the marvelous new wing of the Manheim Township, PA High School! Realtors from Lancaster County were invited to a continental breakfast to view the new wing and get an update on the latest improvements.
The wing greatly expands and remodels the original school building build in the 1950s.
To start off, the entire project has been planned with green technology in mind. A state of the art geothermal heating system taps the heat from under-water wells that maintain a temperature of 65 degrees Farenheit throughout the year.
300 wells were dug to a depth of 450 feet each. 60 pipes each connect to 5 wells. The pipes connect to a grid under three athletic fields. Only a small amount of supplemental energy is needed to maintain comfortable temperatures in the building.
Low-emissivity glass windows retain heat in the winter. A light-sensitive lighting system constantly adjusts to the amount of natural light coming in from the outside, to save energy.
A new performing arts theater with a 60-foot ceiling is still under construction in part of the original 1950s section of the complex.
A fantastic new gymnasium with amazing flexibility is almost entirely completed. 2,000 people will be able to be seated around it for special events. Up to ten basketball teams will be able to practice at the same time, with separate nets and backstops which can be lowered from the ceiling. An oval track is planned for the upper perimeter.
The new state of the art library is a sight to behold. Ten specialized databases are available for searches on the computer system. Study areas are interspersed throughout the wide, spacious library area. Although the modern, attractive bookshelves are still largely unfilled, 23,000 books have already been put in place on the shelves.
The new cafeteria seats 650 students at a time. Vast glass expanses overlook the high school grounds. Separate food stands in the serving area provide new healthy choices, such as a salad bar and gourmet foods, as well as more traditional fare.
The school district is currently trying to raise private money to renovate the pool, which while already impressive, is over fifty years old. The base of the pool has been deteriorating, and the old pumping system has already had to be renovated.
The new additions have been designed in such a way as to be able to easily accommodate future expansions of the student population.
I came away with a great respect for the highly intelligent and imaginative planning that has gone into the latest improvements for the students of the Manheim Township School District.
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